A fine day of malt and music at Lagg

The queue stretched outside the distillery for the whisky sale. 01_B26lagg01

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By Hugh Boag

Whisky lovers queued for two and half hours to get their hands on much sought-after whisky at the Arran Whisky Festival – Malt and Music held last weekend.

For the first time most of the event was held at Lagg Distillery and people started queueing at 8.30am in Saturday to be first to get their hands on the Festival Single Cask and the Harmony edition, which together cost £280 – with the sale limited to one bottle of each.

The Festival Single Cask is chosen at the previous ultimate masterclass by the participants and chosen and bottled as a limited edition release at the next festival.

Both the whiskies were bottled at Lochranza as Lagg single malt does not go on sale until August.

The annual White Stag Dinner kick-started the weekend’s events on the Friday evening followed by the main festival event on Saturday, with the infamous Survivor’s Lunch hosted at Lochranza Distillery on the Sunday.

Visitors had the opportunity to take a short tour of the distillery and enjoy the famous whisky bar where they could try rare Arran whiskies by the dram, as well as local beers and other refreshments.

Whisky masterclasses and mini tastings were available throughout the day in the Dramming Den, and there was music and entertainment throughout the day.



Bob McKenzie is happy to get his hands on the whisky. 01_B26lagg02

International sales manager David Ferguson sets up the whisky and chocolate masterclass. 01_B26lagg03

Mariella Romano behind the bar selling a wide range of Arran whisky. 01_B26lagg04

The Arran Brass Band entertain at the festival. 01_B26lagg05