Insider knowledge: Arran Founder's Reserve whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Arran Founder's Reserve whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
I was given a bottle of IOA for my 50th birthday, and was told of it's uniqueness. So I told, and convinced myself to keep it for a very special day. It is in my wardrobe waiting for October 3rd 2014 when I retire. Not long to wait now.
6th January 2014
I bought a. case when cycling Arran, May bank hol weekend before official Aug opening by Q. Eliz. Cost me aprox £70, but case to be delivered six years later after paying excise duty, about £130 from memory. When delivered I. drank two bottles, gave one to best mate's wife, then in 2002 gave bottle to each of my six brothers/sisters, after daughter's wedding, and told them I'm saving last three bottles for first wake, whichever of us goes first! Marvellous drink, so much so that my last three bottles are secreted upstairs where I can't get at them should I fall weak one night after drinking Black Bush! Seeing current price makes me wish I'd bought more! .......but I'd prob not sell any. Too good to let go.
31st August 2013
i was a founder bond holder ,i enjoyed some bottles and gave some away to friends,its all gone now,since then i have really enjoyed the Robert burns and lockranza,it takes me back to days in blackwaterfoot and the rock hotel,misty days.Seem to remember founder bond holders were promised the world but that's life,i know my outlay helped to start it and it improves the taste.
28th August 2013
I omitted to say that it is an excellent whisky.
22nd August 2013
To clear up what I consider to be some misinformation. IOA Founder's Reserve is not a very special whisky bottled for shareholders of The Isle of Arran distillery. It was bottled for Founders who bought 'bonds' to generate cash for the founding of the company, which entitled the bond holders to receive IOA whisky after paying full VAT and Customs duty on every bottle bought, at the prevailing duty circa date 2000. There was no company share ownership, only an entitlement to buy bottles of whisky and I am one of the bondholders who thought I was buying shares in the company.
I have 12 bottles for sale if anybody is interested.
10th June 2013
I still have a case and some to spare. A superb malt that was amazingly quick to mature. A real gem.
22nd December 2012
Just a wonderful Whisky with a real taste of Scotland.
30th March 2012