Early chance to bag a first taste of Lagg

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Sub-heading: £4.2 million boost from whisky sale

By Colin Smeeton

Residents on Arran and whisky lovers from around the world are being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of single malt history as the Isle of Arran Distillery releases £4.2 million pounds of worth of cask whisky.

With the construction of the whisky-makers second site on the south of the island at Lagg well underway, master distiller James MacTaggart is releasing for purchase 700 casks from the first production which be filled at the new distillery before it opens next spring.

The casks, priced at £6,000 each, will contain approximately 280 70cl bottles of a new, heavily peated single malt that will be the style of whisky produced. The initial offer – which will not be repeated during the first 10 years of production -will raise an estimated £4.2 million for the company behind new distillery and visitor centre which is costing £10 million to build. They already operate the distillery at Lochranza.

Each casks once purchased will remain at the distillery for a minimum of  10 years of maturation under the careful eye of the Lagg Distillery team. The casks owners will then have the opportunity to bottle the spirit, complete with a limited edition Lagg Cask Society label, or continue the maturation process until the desired age is attained. It is expected that the casks will be laid down in later this year.

Every cask owner will also become a member of the exclusive Lagg Cask Society. Membership guarantees a bottle from the very first cask to be filled at Lagg which is reserved exclusively for the society. In addition each member will have their name displayed on the Lagg ‘Wall of Fame’ and receive an invite to the Lagg Cask Society members day for a first look of the distillery and visitor centre before its official opening in spring 2019.

The announcement comes as new artist impressions are released of the Lagg distillery including inside images of the proposed atrium and a reconstruction of an illicit still used historically in the south of Arran

Mr MacTaggart said: ‘We have incredibly exciting plans for the Lagg Distillery and the Lagg Cask Society offers people the chance to be part of the journey from the very beginning.’

‘To own one of the first casks from a distillery is a rare opportunity indeed and with my years of experience in the industry I firmly believe the Lagg Single Malt will mature into something truly magical.’

Euan Mitchell, managing director of the Isle of Arran Distillery, added: ‘We are proud to be bringing whisky production back to the south end of Arran. The area was a hotbed of distilling, both legal and illicit, during the early nineteenth century and the Arran ‘waters’ were in great demand on the mainland’.

‘The Lagg Cask Society is the next chapter of the story of malt whisky on Arran. Their casks will be the first to be filled on the south of the island in over 170 years – a continuation of a long and proud heritage of whisky making on Arran.

‘In releasing these casks, we are inviting people to join the Arran family and lay down an exclusive Lagg dram that they can call their own for a fee in line with prices currently being paid for individual bottles of rare Single Malt. Bottles from the Lagg Cask Society barrels will provide unique opportunities for gifts and investment, the ideal present to lay down for future generations, as well as the simple enjoyment of sampling the finest of spirits’.

Casks will be available directly from the Lochranza distillery and online from www.laggwhisky.com

An image of how the atrium and illicit still display will look at the Lagg distillery

An image of how the new distillery atrium and the illicit still display will look. NO_B08lagg01

A new artist’s impression of the Lagg distillery. NO_B08lagg02