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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 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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$62.63
A wee bottle of Arran released by Douglas Laing as an advanced sample of their Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$24.32
A cask strength release, from a single bourbon cask created and matured at the Arran distillery on the shores of Lochranza.  More info
$85.57
Distilled at Arran in 1996, this was aged in a sherry cask for 11 years before bottling at the Bruichladdich distillery by Murray McDavid in 2008. A release of 2,100 bottles.  More info
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
A sherry matured Arran. This was distilled on the 12th August 1996 and aged for 13 years in cask number 536 before bottling on the 5th February 2010. A release of 325 individually numbered bottles.  More info
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
This is part two in the very handsome looking Icons of Arran series. This features a Rowan Tree, a tree whose dense wood is suitable for both walking stick manufacture, and magician's staves.  More info
A 12 year old from the Isle of Arran, bottled for Murray McDavid. This was distilled in 1996, initially matured in bourbon barrels and then enhanced in casks from Premier Cru Margaux casks from...  More info
A beautifully packaged Arran, with a rather splendid looking peacock on the tube and bottle. This is part of the Icons of Arran Distillery range, this will sell out quickly.  More info
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Distilled at Arran in September 1996 and matured in a refill puncheon for 12 years before bottling for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range in December 2008. Part of a release of 687 bottles.  More info
Billed as "an aromatically attractive Arran malt bottling" - and there was us thinking that learning about alliteration at school would never be useful in life. This is part of a Douglas Laing's...  More info
12 Year Old single cask Arran, distilled in Autumn 1997 and matured in refill hogshead number 5608 before bottling by Douglas Laing in Autumn 2009.  More info
Arran 12 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
A relatively limited release, the distillery is only young and doesn't have large stocks of older whisky! This 12 year old Arran offers a good sherry character. Creamy and rich.  More info
$56.42
This single sherry cask from Arran was distilled on the 9th September 1996 and bottled on the 15th June 2009. A release of 280 bottles from cask number 1287.  More info
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Briny, Citrussy Malt - absolutely delicious. This is a truly enveloping whisky from the Isle of Arran.  More info
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You ever dram with the devil in the pale moonlight? Well, here's your second of three chances in this unholy trinity of releases, part of Arran's Angels & Devils series.

Chapter II was created from...  More info
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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
$41.88
This was distilled at the Isle of Arran distillery in July 1996 before a 16 year maturation in a single cask (number 663). It was bottled for the Dimensions range from Duncan Taylor in October 2012. A...  More info
$124.72
Packaged in a hand-filled ceramic decanter festooned with alliteration, this is a 12 year old single cask Arran from Douglas Laing's handsome Premier Barrel Selection. There are just 180 bottles...  More info
$102.71
This is the very first batch of delicious Isle of Arran single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It boasts a malt, almost coconut-like, coastal flavour and comes bearing a wonderful...  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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A 10 year old bottling to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Isle of Arran distillery. Bottled in an attractive decanter, this release has been limited to 1,200 bottles.  More info
A 10 year old single malt from the Isle of Arran distillery, this fine whisky boasts the acclaim of a Silver Medal from the 2003 International Wine and Spirits Competition. This comes with a pair of...  More info
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