Although the Isle of Arran was once a hot-bed of distilling activity, there were no distilleries on the island for the majority of the 19th and 20th centuries. Isle of Arran Distillers opened their first distillery in 1995, and it quickly became a firm favourite. They bottled its first single malt in 1998, a limited edition 3 year old in a glass decanter. The distillery also produced a peated single malt called Machrie Moor, however an experimental second distillery on the other side of the island, called Lagg, is now the site of all the company’s peated production. As of 2019, the Arran distillery was renamed Lochranza, however its single malt brand is still known by the old name, Arran.
Lagg is situated at the southerly tip and focuses on a more experimental form of whisky production, particularly in terms of heavily peated spirits. Made from barley with a phenol content of 50ppm and using peat from across Scotland and sometimes further afield, the process also includes some scientific investigations to understand the impact of making even the slightest alterations. The distillery itself was designed to resemble the contours of the island as it would look from Ailsa Craig and the sedum blanket covering the roof contains a mix of plants that change colour throughout the year.
The first of three inaugural releases from Lagg Distillery on Arran – the first whiskies to be released by the distillery. This inaugural release has used bourbon-cask maturation to add soft toffee and spicy character to the underlying smoky and fruity spirit.
50% ABV 700ml
This bottle is from the collection of a private seller and is not eligible for a Vat receipt.