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New distillery is a step closer as stills arrive

The completion of the new distillery on the Isle of Arran has moved a step closer.

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The completion of the new distillery on the Isle of Arran has moved a step closer.

Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd have welcomed the arrival of their new custom-made copper pot stills to the island, for the Lagg Distillery.

Following their departure from Rothes on the east coast of the country, the stills made the ferry journey from Ardrossan to Brodick, before travelling down to the Lagg Distillery site early the following morning.

Master Distiller James MacTaggart, along with Graham Omand, the newly appointed Lagg Distillery manager, and Faye Waterlow, the Lagg Visitor centre manager, were on site to welcome the copper pot stills to their new home, where they will begin the production of the signature Lagg Single Malt in early 2019.

The copper pot stills were manufactured by renowned still-maker, Forsyths. They have been specifically tailored to create a heavily-peated (50ppm) earthy spirit that will become the flagship Lagg Single Malt.

It is expected that this spirit, despite being very different in nature, will retain many of the characteristics that are the staple flavours of the celebrated Arran Malt.

Work continues at the Isle of Arrans Lagg Distillery

The wash still has a capacity of 10,000 litres and the spirit still a capacity of 7000 litres. The new Lagg stills will allow for a production level within the first year of 200,000 litres of alcohol.

James 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.

As well as the arrival of 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.

When fully operational in 2019 the Lagg Distillery will increase Isle of Arrans production capacity to 2 million litres.

Furthermore, the total visitor numbers to both distillery sites is expected to exceed 200,000 by 2020.

The arrival of the stills comes as the Isle of Arran Distillers recently launched a search for the official poem of the Lagg Distillery, which will be immortalised at the site.

An artists impression of the finished Lagg Distillery on the Isle of Arran

Budding writers have been tasked with producing a poem that beautifully captures the Isle of Arrans history, landscape or, quite simply, its spirit – whisky or otherwise.

Find out more HERE.

The closing date for entries is Friday 14 December and the winner and two runners up will be announced on Burns Night, Friday 25 January 2019.

As well as being immortalised within the Lagg Visitor Centre, the winning entry will be exclusively published in Scottish Field magazine, the official media partner for the competition. The winning poet will also be invited to the official opening of the new Lagg Distillery & Visitor Centre in Spring of next year. The two runners up will receive an exclusive Lagg Distillery goodie bag.

All entries can be submitted to Scottish Field magazine by emailing Kenny Smith at [email protected] with the subject Isle of Arran Distillers – Poetry Competition. Entrants will also need to include in their name, contact information and date of birth as this competition is only open to those over the age of 18.

Poems can also be submitted by post using the following address: Kenny Smith, Scottish Field, 496 Ferry Road, Edinburgh, EH5 2DL.

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Say goodbye to the Toffee Deluxe as its once again axed from Quality Street

Goodbye, Toffee Deluxe (Picture: Twitter/@KevsSnackReview)
Percy Pigs isnt the only classic British ..

Goodbye, Toffee Deluxe (Picture: Twitter/@KevsSnackReview)

Percy Pigs isnt the only classic British treat getting a makeover this year.

Fans of the pig-shaped sweet were left outraged as M&S announced the arrival of a vegetarian version – which, coincidentally, was today announced as a permanent change – and now, Quality Street will be mixing things up too.

The traditional confectionery box is a regular feature in most British households during Christmas, but this coming December youll notice theres one treat missing.

Nestlé, which owns Quality Street, has decided to remove the Toffee Deluxe from its offering and replace it with a brand new flavour: Chocolate Caramel Brownie.

Its a controversial move, especially given the brand tried to kill off the treat nearly three years ago but opted to to bring it back after a social media campaign was started by fans of the flavour.

Unfortunately, this is truly the end.

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The treat is replaced by the Chocolate Caramel Brownie (Picture: Twitter/@KevsSnackReview)
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But the Toffee Penny is still there, dont worry (Picture: Twitter/@KevsSnackReview)

While you mourn the loss of the delicious, chewy goodness and frantically search stores for a box that still contains the Toffee Deluxe, heres some info on its replacement.

The Chocolate Caramel Brownie features a milk chocolate exterior, with a gooey chocolate and caramel-flavoured centre.

But dont get too attached to this flavour either, as its not a permanent addition (meaning Nestlé could potentially bring back the Toffee Deluxe, again).

As expected, people arent thrilled about this new development.

This is a travesty!!

— Carrie Hards (@itscarriehards) May 17, 2019

Quality Street axing the toffee deluxe is not the news I wanted today, that's one of the best! 🤨

— Imogen (@ImogenCWrites) May 16, 2019

One Twitter user, Josh Handscomb, doesnt seem too bothered though, and instead questioned if its necessary to have so many toffee options in Quality Street products.

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Co-op launches £1 bags of halloumi fries crisps – and theyre vegetarian

The new halloumi crisps cost £1 (Picture: Co-op)
Co-op has released a bag of halloumi fries crisps –..

The new halloumi crisps cost £1 (Picture: Co-op)

Co-op has released a bag of halloumi fries crisps – so you can now eat your favourite side dish on the go.

The potato tube-shaped crisps feature the flavour of halloumi cheese, they also have a hint of chilli.

Oh, and the best news? Theyre vegetarian.

The crisps cost £1 for a 100g bag and theyre currently limited edition.

According to Pretty52, the retailer wanted to jump on the halloumi trend and thought crisps were a great way to do so.

Ursula Artjoki, Co-op crisps, snacks and nuts developer, said: Weve seen halloumi fries pop-up on many a restaurant menu over the past year.

So, we wanted to put our Co-op spin on this trend and give our customers the chance to enjoy the popular flavour conveniently in a crisp offering.

Co-op Halloumi Fries are a really moreish crowd-pleaser that wont last long once the bag gets opened.

The crisps are selling for £1
Co-op wanted to jump on the latest trend (Picture: Co-op)

Halloumi fries arent the only new crisps on the shelves – Co-op has also released coconut and chargrilled pineapple tortilla chips, and aromatic crispy duck and hoisin crisps, both priced at £1.70.

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Alongside this, theyve also launched lamb kofta and halloumi flatbread crisps, again at £1.50 for a 150g bag.

Back to the cheese though, if youre wanting actual halloumi fries, Aldi has relaunched its fries for £2.29.

The cheesy fries were first released last May, after the supermarket spotted how popular they were at Nandos.

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Aldis Specially Selected Golden & Crispy Specially Selected Halloumi Fries are available in stores already and can be found in the frozen foods aisle.

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Frankie & Bennys is offering 50% off food for Instagramming your meal

Photograph your food and get 50% off (Picture: Frankie & Bennys)
If you are one of those people who ..

Photograph your food and get 50% off (Picture: Frankie & Bennys)

If you are one of those people who cant eat a meal without putting it on Instagram first, it could finally be about to pay off.

Italian-American chain Frankie & Bennys is offering customers the chance to pay with pics.

Youll be given 50% off a main meal if you post a picture tagged with the name of the restaurant on Instagram.

The deal runs from now until the end of the month.

The discount is being launched to celebrate their new menu.

Apparently customers thought it was too child-like so theyve replaced it with more grown-up options.

The new Frankie & Benny's menu includes pizza, salad and meatballs
The new menu sounds great (Picture Frankie & Bennys)

Theres 26 new options, including seven vegan options.

We love the sound of the Toblerone cheesecake.

What's on the menu at Frankie and Benny's?

Breakfast

  • Vegan Fry Up £6.29
  • Breakfast Pizza £9.99
  • Vegan Scrambled Eggs £5.59

Starters

  • Mini Basil Bread Sticks £1.99
  • Meatballs Al Forno £5.99
  • Mozzarella & Tomato Salad £4.99
  • Vegan Loaded Skins £5.49
  • Garlic Prawns £6.99

Mains

  • Black and Blue Burger £14.79
  • Chicken BLT Burger £12.99
  • Viva La Vegan Cheeseburger £10.49
  • Cannelloni £10.49
  • Tortellini Nduja £12.49
  • Chilli Cheese Dog £8.99/£11.49 (6” or 12”)
  • Rialto (Salmon salad) £12.99
  • Capra (Goats cheese salad) £10.99
  • Dolce Vita (Blue cheese salad) £12.29
  • Pollo Peppadew pizza £11.99/£16.99 (10 or 15”)
  • Italian Hot pizza £11.99/£16.99 (10 or 15”)
  • Four Cheeses pizza £9.99/£14.99 (10 or 15”)

Sides

  • Vegan Cheese Fries £4.99

Desserts

  • Toblerone Cheesecake £5.99
  • Lemon Meringue Bomb £5.99
  • Vegan No-cheesecake £5.79
  • Tiramisu Frankie & Bennys £5.99
  • Lotus Biscoff (vegan) £2.99

Frankie & Bennys Brand Director, Elise Ash, said: Foodstagraming is taking ove.! Everyone likes to take a picture of their food when it comes out, no matter how hungry they are – now you can save some money as a bonus.

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