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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. 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.

2010 saw the release of a 15th anniversary bottling, released on the distillery open day on 3 July. Autumn 2010 also saw the release of the first official 14 year old to be released by the distillery. The first peated Arran single malt, Machrie Moor, has been available since December 2010.

In 2017, business growth saw two more stills added to the Lochranza site. In the same year, a special bottling was released to celebrate distillery manager James MacTaggart’s 10th anniversary with the distillery. The current managing director is Euan Mitchell, who formerly worked at Springbank distillery.

Plans for the company to build a second distillery in Lagg at the south end of the island were approved in August 2016. Construction began in February 2017, and production officially began in April 2019, with the first cask filled on 10 April. Peated production will be completely moved to Lagg, and when this happens it will be the first time since 2004 that there will be no peated spirit distilled at Arran. The distillery is one of the most visited in Scotland, and with the new site, footfall is expected to increase from 100,000 to 200,000 visitors.

Arran 15 Year Old Rare Batch – French Oak Argonne

70cl, 53.5%

One of two expressions that launched Arran's Rare Batch series is the latter half of 2021, both of which show off the brilliance of French oak. This particular expression was matured in casks sourced…  More info

Arran 15 Year Old Rare Batch – French Oak Argonne

Arran 9 Year Old 2012 (cask 2221) (Adelphi)

70cl, 58.6%

Back with more brilliance, indie bottler Adelphi selected a splendid single cask from the Arran Distillery for this release. Distilled in 2012, this single malt spent the next nine years maturing in…  More info

Arran 9 Year Old 2012 (cask 2221) (Adelphi)

Arran 25 Year Old 1995 (cask 251)

70cl, 52.4%

A very impressive (and historical!) Arran single malt here, distilled and filled into a single cask the very first year of its operation! It then spent the next 25 years in a single re-coopered…  More info

Arran 25 Year Old 1995 (cask 251)

Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask - Batch 4

70cl, 53.8%

This single malt Scotch whisky was selected by Arran for the fourth batch of The Bothy series. It was initially matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels before being transferred for secondary…  More info

Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask - Batch 4
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Arran 18 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 46%

Following on from the previous limited edition 18 year old, Arran 18 year old has now become part of the core range! It's bottled without chill-filtration or artificial colouring.  More info

Arran 18 Year Old (Old Bottling)
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Arran 21 Year Old - Explorers Series Volume 2 - Lochranza Castle

70cl, 47.2%

Here we have the second release in The Explorers Series from Arran. You can see Locharanza Castle on the label, surrounded by some impressive stags. Distilled on the eponymous isle of Arran, this 21…  More info

Arran 21 Year Old - Explorers Series Volume 2 - Lochranza Castle

Arran 21 Year Old 1996 (cask 1843-939) - Claxton's

70cl, 52.1%

A Claxton's bottling of 21 year old Arran single malt, drawn from a single sherry puncheon which was laid down back in August 1996. 609 bottles were produced, presented at cask strength.  More info

Arran 21 Year Old 1996 (cask 1843-939) - Claxton's

Arran 16 Year Old 1997 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%

A Strictly Limited bottling of Arran single malt, made possible by Càrn Mòr. It was drawn for 2 hogsheads which matured the whisky for 16 years, from 1997 to 2014. 568 bottles of tasty island whisky…  More info

Arran 16 Year Old 1997 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 6

70cl, 46%

The sixth batch of Arran's peated single malt, with a redesigned paper label. Peated to a level of 20PPM, Machrie Moor is named after the peat bog on the western part of the Isle of Arran.  More info

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 6
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Arran 20 Year Old - Explorers Series Volume 1 - Brodick Bay

70cl, 49.8%

The first release in Arran's Explorers Series, launched in mid-2018! These releases celebrate the wonderful scenery that folks on the Isle of Arran are lucky enough to enjoy. This first release shows…  More info

Arran 20 Year Old - Explorers Series Volume 1 - Brodick Bay

Arran Premium Single Cask 1998 (cask 815) - Sherry Cask

70cl, 55.3%

A single cask bottling from the Arran distillery. This island single malt was distilled in June 1998 and filled into a Sherry cask (#815). In February 2014, the cask was emptied and the whisky became…  More info

Arran Premium Single Cask 1998 (cask 815) - Sherry Cask

Arran James MacTaggart 10th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 54.2%

James MacTaggart has been Master Distiller at Arran for 10 years - what better excuse to release a limited edition whisky?! This expression was created using whisky matured in first-fill bourbon…  More info

Arran James MacTaggart 10th Anniversary Edition

Arran 16 Year Old 2000 (cask 2000/126) - Private Cask

70cl, 57.1%

This is a 16 year old Arran single malt Scotch whisky, specially bottled for Italian bottler, Silver Seal. It was distilled by those wonderful folks at Arran in February 2000 and left to age in a…  More info

Arran 16 Year Old 2000 (cask 2000/126) - Private Cask

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11451) - Kingsbury

70cl, 52.9%

Single cask single malt from the Arran distillery (coincidentally located on the Isle of Arran). This was drawn from a cask laid down in 1996 which matured the whisky for 18 years before being…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 11451) - Kingsbury

Arran 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 85) (Silver Seal)

70cl, 51.2%

20 year old single malt from the Isle of Arran, drawn from a Sherry hogshead which was laid down in 1996 and cracked open in July 2016. 335 bottles were produced and specially bottled for Italy's…  More info

Arran 20 Year Old 1996 (cask 85) (Silver Seal)

Arran The Devil's Punch Bowl Chapter II - Angels and Devils

70cl, 53.1%

You ever dram with the devil in the pale moonlight? Well, here's your second of three chances in this unholy trinity of releases. Chapter II was created from 27 casks by Master Distiller James…  More info

Arran The Devil's Punch Bowl Chapter II - Angels and Devils
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Arran Machrie Moor Peated Cask Strength - Second Edition

70cl, 58.2%

The second edition of Arran's Machrie Moor Cask Strength has landed! Peated to 20PPM, this has been bottled at a generous 58.2% ABV, resulting in a full-bodied flavour profile of classic Arran…  More info

Arran Machrie Moor Peated Cask Strength - Second Edition
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Arran 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 88) - Single Cask

70cl, 56.9%

Another fantastic single cask bottling from the Arran distillery on the Isle of Arran. This one was drawn from bourbon cask #88 which was laid down in '99 (July 1999, to be specific) and left to age…  More info

Arran 15 Year Old 1999 (cask 88) - Single Cask
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Arran 18 Year Old (Limited Edition)

70cl, 46%

The finale in a trilogy of releases from the Arran distillery, this is an 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky, matured exclusively in ex-Sherry hogsheads. 9,000 bottles were produced of this…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old (Limited Edition)
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Arran Smugglers' Series Volume One - The Illicit Stills

70cl, 56.4%

The first release in a new series from the Arran distillery! The Smugglers' Series Volume 1 ("The Illicit Stills") is an homage to the history of less-than-legal distillation on the Isle of Arran in…  More info

Arran Smugglers' Series Volume One - The Illicit Stills
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Arran 2004 (bottled 2014) Orkney Bere Barley

70cl, 56.2%

Arran's Orkney Bere Barley single malt returns, and at cask strength, too! This release sees the Isle of Arran distillers teaming up with the the University of the Highlands and Islands Orkney…  More info

Arran 2004 (bottled 2014) Orkney Bere Barley
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Arran Machrie Moor Peated Cask Strength - First Edition

70cl, 58.4%

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

Arran Machrie Moor Peated Cask Strength - First Edition

Arran Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Finish (outturn: 317)

70cl, 56.9%

Bottled in November 2005, this Isle of Arran cask strength release spent time in a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo cask and was limited to just 317 bottles.  More info

Arran Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Finish (outturn: 317)

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