A Scottish distillery has created its first cider brand from apples grown in its own orchard.

Lagg Distillery on the Isle of Arran hailed its first harvest of apples as it officially launched the drink made in collaboration with Ayrshire Riviera Cider.

It is hoped the limited edition Lagg Distillery Orchard Cider will become a new tradition at the site.

As they launch the cider, which is the first of its kind for the distillery, they only have 300 bottles for sale, available to purchase only from Lagg Distillery.

There are plans to make more in the pipeline, but this could take some time as they wait for their new apple harvest.

The team also have ambitions to create their own cider brandy from the Lagg Orchard apples.

Graham Omand, Lagg Distillery manager, said: "We’re thrilled to see the first bottles of Lagg Distillery Orchard Cider on our shelves. This is the first step in what will hopefully be a long journey of working with our apples - cider is the plan for the foreseeable, but we have long-term ambitions to create our own Scottish apple brandy right here on the Isle of Arran."

Sited at the distillery, the three orchards have around 2,000 trees. "Much like a very good whisky, there is a lot of work behind the scenes that goes into the creation of craft cider,” Lagg said. “As it is a distillery exclusive, only visitors to Lagg will have the opportunity to pick up a bottle of the rare cider and try it for themselves."

Allan Thomas, of Ayrshire Riviera Cider, said: "We feel privileged to have been allowed to use our cider-making experience to produce a fabulous still cider in collaboration with our friends at Lagg Distillery. We hope the residents of, and visitors to, Arran enjoy the cider. It's fitting that an island once known as Apple Island has a cider worthy of that name."


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