Voyage underway for island distiller

Construction of new distillery on Arran passes major milestone

The vision: how the Lagg Distillery will look when it is complete

THERE’S still a little while to go before Arran’s newest distillery starts producing spirit – but things are shaping up after construction passed a major milestone.

The steelworks for the new distillery, which is located at Lagg on the south of Arran, have now been completed, providing the building with its distinctive shape.

The next significant milestone will come early next year when the distillery’s copper pot stills are installed.

Shortly after, the facility will produce its first run of heavily peated new-make spirit.

It is fantastic to see the vision turning into reality. Everything is on target for spring next year.

Parent company Isle of Arran Distillers – which also owns the Isle of Arran Distillery in Lochranza – has set aside the first seven hundred casks that will be filled at the distillery for investors. Anyone who buys a cask will become a member of the Lagg Cask Society, which guarantees them a bottle from the very first cask to be filled, as well as having their name appear on the Lagg Wall of Fame at the distillery.

They will also be invited to a ‘members day’, where they will get a first look at the distillery and visitor centre before its official opening next spring.

Graham Omand, nephew of Isle of Arran Distillers’ master distiller, James MacTaggart, was recently named distillery manager of the new facility. He has worked at the Lochranza distillery for eight years.

How the site looks in summer 2018

“It is fantastic to see the vision turning into a reality,” said Euan Mitchell, managing director of Isle of Arran Distillers.

“With just under a year to go until we plan to open the Lagg Distillery, we’re delighted to confirm that everything is on target to be completed by spring next year.

“We’re assembling a team, headed up by Graham, which will play an integral role in growing the business and producing rich, earthy and high-quality peated spirit.”