A first look at the new Lagg whisky distillery on Arran
Lagg, the newest distillery on Arran, has just been opened to the public for the first time, before the first guests were given tours of this fledgling distillery, we were allowed to see a preview of what whisky fans can expect.
By Sean Murphy
Thursday, 13th June 2019, 5:20 pm
An external shot of the new distillery.
The plans for the second distillery on Arran were unveiled in 2016 when Isle of Arran Distillers were given planning permission to begin the construction of Lagg on the south side of the island in a bid to expand and accommodate increased production and visitor numbers, here is how the new distilling site and visitor centre looks.
Robbie Adamson, who is part of the visitor centre team, pipes in the guests.
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The eye-catching feature wall stretches across both floors.
The new shop includes bottles of Lagg's spirit, clothing and glassware.
At one point there were over 50 illicit stills on the southside of the island.
No space is wasted in the Visitor Centre
Guests can watch as it describes the history of the island's whisky production.
Guests at Lagg can enjoy a panoramic view of the Ayrshire shore, Ailsa Craig, Sanda, Campbeltown and Northern Ireland.
The still room houses two copper potstills, the wooden washbacks and the mash tun.
The mash tun has been deliberately designed to create a cloudy wort.
The distillery's spirit is peated and more robust than the Lochranza Distillery.
A distillery worker checks the progress of the current spirit run.
There are four traditional wooden washbacks.
Graham originally worked at Lochranza distilling site and is considered to be one of the youngest distillery managers in the country.
Fully accessible, the still room includes every piece of equipment needed to distil with the exception of the mill and the boiler.
The new distillery takes inspiration from the island's scenery and history including Machrie Moor and the standing stones found there.
Robbie Adamson pours a dram for a guest in front of one of the Machrie Moor standing stones.
Arran's unique hills are referenced in the distillery's logo.
The original Arran whisky is much softer and fruitier than its younger sibling which is richer, earthier and smokier.
Lagg's mash tun is fitted to produce a cloudier wort, while Lochranza's is much clearer.
The original Lochranza site has four copper stills.
The range will now be joined by its peatier sibling from Lagg in 2022.
It wasn't just the new distillery that was getting a lick of paint.
The peated Lagg spirit will be much more punchy and rich than Arran's peated Machrie Moor range.