Lagg Distillery on the Isle of Arran is set to launch its first ever core range single malts this spring, following the successful launch of the inaugural batch releases in autumn last year.
Coming in May this year, the first core range release from the independent distiller on the Isle of Arran will be the Lagg Single Malt Kilmory Edition.
This expression will become the flagship Single Malt from the island distiller, whose focus is on producing a peated Single Malt reminiscent of the style of whisky originally produced in illicit stills on the island, long before Lagg opened its doors in 2019.
The Kilmory Edition will be matured 100% in first-fill bourbon barrels and bottled at 46% ABV, without chill filtration and with no added colouring.
The influence of the peat combined with the vanilla and creamy influence of the American oak is vibrant and fresh and is the cornerstone of what Lagg Single Malt will have to offer in the future.
Kilmory is the named after the parish in which the small village of Lagg is situated.
Arriving shortly after the Kilmory Edition, will be the second core range expression from Lagg - the Lagg Single Malt Corriecravie Edition.
The spirit of Corriecravie is matured initially in bourbon barrels before being finished in Oloroso sherry hogsheads - sourced directly from producer Miguel Martin in Jerez - for around six months. It is bottled at 55% ABV, without chill filtration and with no added colouring.
Corriecravie is named after a small hamlet just to the north-west of the village of Lagg.
It has beautiful sweeping views right along the southern coastline of the island, and it holds its own secrets of the past; its undulating terrain was home to some of the illicit stills that produced the infamous ‘Arran water’ in the days of early distilling on the island.
Just near the village there is the Torr a' Chaisteil Dun - a fort from the later Iron Age about 2000 years ago, locally known ‘Castle Hill’.
Corriecravie is also home to one of the most remote little playparks you will find on the island, and surely the one with the best views.
Of the new releases. Lagg Distillery Manager Graham Omand said: “The Kilmory expression embodies the ‘house style of Lagg’ which centres around the use of Bourbon Barrels with our peated spirit.
"The Corriecravie provides a real contrast, showing off a different side to the LAGG spirit, bringing to the fore notes of sweeter smoke, spices and rich fruits.
"These Single Malts are really rooted in the southside of Arran and their aromatic, peated character embodies the earthiness of the whiskies that would have been among the first to have been distilled on Arran hundreds of years ago.
"Today our Lagg Single Malts represent the spirit and respect for our land that the people here can’t wait to share with the wider world.”