The copper pot stills were manufactured by renowned still-maker Forsyths, and have been specifically tailored to create a heavily-peated (50ppm) earthy spirit that will become the flagship Lagg single malt.
|Stills arriving at the Lagg Distillery|
The wash still has a capacity of 10,000 litres and the spirit still a capacity of 7,000 litres. The new Lagg stills will allow for a production level within the first year of 200,000 litres of alcohol.
In addition to the stills, the three warehouses on site at the Lagg Distillery have been completed and the keys have officially been handed over from the construction team to Isle of Arran Distillers. This allows the team based at Lagg, to start preparations to store the casks that will be filled at the new distillery.
Commenting on the news, James MacTaggart, Master Distiller, said: “The copper pot stills will now be installed into their new home and complete a commissioning phase. The anticipation of waiting for them and then watching them arrive has created a great buzz on the site and on the island. Now the stills are here, it truly feels like the start of an exciting new chapter, not just in the story of whisky production on Arran, but for the island as a whole. I look forward to working closely with Graham to ensure that they get up-and-running and that the spirit produced at Lagg is of the highest quality.”
When fully operational in 2019, the Lagg Distillery will increase Isle of Arran Distillers production capacity to 2 million litres. Furthermore, the total visitor numbers to both distillery sites is expected to exceed 200,000 by 2020.
Posted by Steve Rush