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Arran

The distillery is situated to the East of the village of Lochranza at the North of the island and takes its water from the Loch na Davie. Founded in 1993, by Chivas Brothers’ retiring managing director, Harold Currie, the distillery is the only one on the Isle of Arran since the most recent legally run distillery, ‘Lagg’, was closed in 1837. Mr Currie stylized the buildings with the intention of giving them a much more traditional, classic appearance. During the early stages of building, work was briefly interrupted when a pair of Golden Eagles, nesting in the crags above the distillery, tended to their young. The eagles can be seen, to this day, from the courtyard at the distillery.

Production began on the 17th August 1995. A year later and a one year old was released, of course not technically a whisky, it was released as ‘Arran 1 Year Old Spirit’, and showed great promise for a spirit still in its proverbial adolescence. Though Arran has a capacity of 750,000 litres, the distillery only produces a around a fifth of this. The core expressions include a ten year old, officially released in 2006, and a cask-strength, the ominously named ‘100 Proof’. Yearly single cask special editions are released, finished in either sherry or bourbon butts. Some interesting finishes have also been released, including a Bordeaux, a port and a Calvados.

Arran Whisky Distillery

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About Arran Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01770 830264

Distillery Founded

1993

Distillery Capacity

750 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Isle of Arran Distillers

Distillery Address

Lochranza, Isle of Arran

Distillery Website

www.arranwhisky.com

1993

Harold Currie founds the distillery.

1995

Production starts in full on 17th August.

1996

A 1 year old is released with the text

1997

A visitor centre is opened by Her Majesty the Queen.

1998

The first release is a 3 year old (1 000 bottles).

1999

The Arran 4 years old is released.

2002

Single Cask 1995 is launched.

2003

Single Cask 1997, non-chill filtered and Calvados finish is launched.

2004

Cognac finish, Marsala finish, Port finish and Arran First Distillation 1995 are launched.

2005

Arran 1996 is launched (6 000 bottles). Two more finishes are launched - Chateau Margaux and Grand Cru Champagne.

2006

After an unofficial launch in 2005, Arran 10 years old is released as well as a couple of new wood finishes.

2007

Arran is named Scottish Distiller of the Year by Whisky Magazine. Four new wood finishes and Gordon´s Dram are released.

2008

The first 12 year old is released as well as four new wood finishes.

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A superb whisky, released to celebrate Arran's 15th anniversary. This was distilled in 1999 and finished in Amontillado sherry casks before bottling in Spring 2010 as part of a release of 5,460...  More info
An Arran from Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. Distilled in 2000, it was bottled in 2013 following a maturation period spent in refill bourbon casks.  More info
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A wonderful 2004 vintage from the Isle of Arran distillery, this little gem was distilled using Bere barley (a very old strain of barley which has been used traditionally for centuries) grown on...  More info
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Very unusual to find a peated Arran, this was distilled on the 12th December 2005 and aged in a bourbon cask. Oddly, they bottled it on the 7th December 2009 - just 5 days away from this whisky's 4th...  More info
A superbly fresh offering from the Isle of Arran distillery, this Connoisseur's Choice bottling from Gordon and MacPhail was distilled in 1998 before being aged for 9 years in sherry casks.  More info
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A cask strength release, from a single bourbon cask created and matured at the Arran distillery on the shores of Lochranza.  More info
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A single malt from the Arran distillery finished for six months in casks which previously held Premier Cru Vosne Romanée red wine from Domaine Guyon in the Bourgogne region of France.  More info
Only 7980 bottles of this Arran single malt were released. Matured for 8 years in an ex-bourbon cask, this whisky enjoyed a further 9 months to finish in a Fino sherry cask from Valdespino.  More info
This Isle of Arran single malt was rather lavishly finished in a Grand Cru Champagne cask and the release has been limited to just 307 bottles. It was awarded a bronze medal in 2005 by Malt Maniacs.  More info
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Arran Jamaican Rum Finish
(70cl, 58.60%)
An Isle of Arran cask strength release of just 260 bottles, matured in casks which previously held Jamaican rum which has imparted a thick, spicy richness to this single malt.  More info
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A peated whisky from Arran! The Machrie Moor is a peat bog on the western part of the Isle of Arran, and the dog on the bottle is called Bran!  More info
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Distilled in 2004, this is a very interesting whisky from the Isle of Arran. Unusually for the distillery, this was distilled from peated malt, with a peating level of 14PPM. This is the third batch.  More info
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The Machrie Moor single malt from Arran is named after a mysterious peat bog on the west coast of the Isle of Arran. The landscape is dotted with standing stones and Bronze Age stone circles. It...  More info
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This is the first batch of cask strength Machrie Moor from the Arran distillery. The Machrie Moor releases comprise of peated single malt from the Island distillery, delivering a hearty core of peat...  More info
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This Isle of Arran whisky exhibits all of the spicy, malty flavours one associates with Christmas, finished as it was in a cask which previously held Madeira.  More info
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A tasting glass from the the Arran Distillery, on the beautiful Isle of Arran.  More info
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Bottled in November 2005, this Isle of Arran cask strength release spent time in a Montepulciano D'Abruzzo cask and was limited to just 315 bottles.  More info
Just 5,730 bottles of this Arran whisky were released, finished in Moscatel casks from the Setúbal Peninsula in Portugal.  More info
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Finished in Gonzalez Byass Oloroso cask, just 816 bottles of this single malt were released in 2006 from the Isle of Arran having been finished for 10 months in this 'Cream Sherry' cask.  More info
This Isle of Arran single malt enjoyed maturation in ex-sherry cask before being finished in a Port cask. A rare release, an outturn of just 825 bottles, bottled in 2004.  More info
Bottled in 2005, this single malt from the Arran distillery enjoyed maturation in a sherry cask before being finished in a first fill Port cask for superb fruity complexity. A release of 888 bottles...  More info
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This cask strength from the Isle of Arran distillery comes from a release of just 312 bottles and has been finished for 9 months in a Premier Cru Sauternes cask from Chateau Clos Haut-Peyraguey.  More info
This was distilled at the Arran distillery on the 11th December 1996 before a maturation in a single sherry cask (number 1963). It was then bottled at cask-strength on the 1st October 2012 and is part...  More info
Distilled at on the Isle of Arran in May 1997 and bottled in August 2012, 520 numbered bottles were produced from this single Sherry cask.  More info
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