A dynamic new force in the scotch whisky industry, Isle of Arran Distillers is one of the few remaining independent distilleries in Scotland. They are based at Lochranza on the Isle of Arran, one of the most beautiful and famous in Scotland which lies off the West Coast between Ayrshire and Kintyre. The company was set up by Harold Currie, who ... Read More »
A bottling of single malt whisky from the Isle of Arran distillery bottled to honour Scotland's favourite son, the bard himself, Robert Burns. Bottled at 43% and created to be malty and sweet with a 'spicy twist on the finish'.
Arran 10yo is a medium-bodied, citrussy dram that shows an elegance and deftness of touch that belies the distillery's youth. Tasting the complexity and assurance of this youngster it is difficult to believe that the distillery only opened in 1995. A great achievement.
World Whiskies Awards 2014: Best Island Single Malt 12yo and Under
After a remarkable (if understandable) proliferation of single cask bottlings with experimental and occasionally unfortunate wine finishes, Arran have plumped for a core range of just three finished malts, of which this Amarone red wine finish is the driest. Earthy and complex.
A bold, sweet Port finish from Arran, released in late 2010 as part of the downsized standard offering from the distillery now that their malt is fully mature. Bottled at 50%, so some water may be preferred.
An interesting entry in the Arran Cask Finishes range, with the spirit spending the last few years of its maturation in a Sauternes sweet wine cask. Expect some sweet grapey notes as well as some tasty woody spice.
The Autumn 2013 release of the fourth edition in Arran's peated series, Machrie Moor. Lightly peated to 20ppm, this is named after the eponymous peat bog located on the west coast of the island and has proved a popular addition to the distillery's range.
Released in late 2010, this Arran 14yo replaced the old 12yo. Neither coloured nor chill-filtered, Arran 14yo is bottled at a sensible drinking strength of 46%, for which the management deserve maximum kudos.
A 1997 vintage whisky from Arran, bottled by veteran spirits experts Berry Brothers and Rudd. This was bottled in 2013 at 16 years of age, having spent an unspecified period being finished in a cask which used to hold Marsala.
Arran 17 Year Old is the last release in a trilogy counting down to the launch of the 18 year old in 2015. The oldest official bottling from the distillery at the time of release, this was matured exclusively in ex-sherry hogsheads – sweet spice is abundant here.
A 2013 limited release from Arran. This is produced from a combination of 35 bourbon barrels and 10 sherry hogsheads filled at the turn of the millennium on 31st December 1999 and 1st January 2000 and is limited to 7800 bottles worldwide.
Please note this is limited to 1 bottle per customer.
A 1996 vintage Arran bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular series of bottlings. The distillery had only opened a year before, having been the first legal distillery on the island since 1837.