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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 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1933) - Thompson's

70cl, 46.9%

French indie bottler Thompson's has bottled four Arran single malts which have been finished in Sauternes casks. This one, from cask #1933, was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2014, was bottled with…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1933) - Thompson's
$116.33

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 8

70cl, 46%

Arran's Machrie Moor releases are named after a mystical peat bog on the west coast of the eponymous island. Not mystical in the sense that unicorns and dragons fly out of it on a regular basis (as…  More info

Arran Machrie Moor Peated - Batch 8
$49

Arran Madeira Cask Finish

70cl, 50%

Finished in a Madeira fortified wine cask, this Isle of Arran single malt is bottled at 50% abv. The initial maturation takes place in traditional oak (refill) casks, before being moved to the…  More info

Arran Madeira Cask Finish
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$46.63

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
$127.66

Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch 5

70cl, 52.9%

The fifth batch of Arran's popular 12 Year Old Cask Strength single malt has arrived. This time the whisky has been bottled at 52.9% ABV - suitably intense and flavoursome. These cask strength…  More info

Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch 5
$62.15

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)
$186.29

Lochranza Founders' Reserve - 90s

70cl, 40%

An incredibly rare and very collectible whisky bottled for those who invested in the Arran distillery when it was first built. Lochranza is a blend made with a large proportion of malt from the…  More info

Lochranza Founders' Reserve - 90s

Arran 2009 (bottled 2017) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Indie Island single malt, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail! This is a 2009 vintage Arran, aged in refill bourbon barrels until 2017, when it was bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range at 46%…  More info

Arran 2009 (bottled 2017) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$39.01

Arran 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2 Glasses

70cl, 46%

A bottle of Arran's excellent 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky complete with 2 handsome glasses! A gift pack to make anyone smile!  More info

Arran 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2 Glasses
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Arran 2007 Amarone Cask Finish

70cl, 55%

Arran single malt Scotch whisky finished in casks that previously held Amarone wine - a dry Italian red made with Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes. This was a release of 3,220 bottles.  More info

Arran 2007 Amarone Cask Finish
$138.72

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1932) - Thompson's

70cl, 46.3%

One of four Chateau Labouade Sauternes cask finished Arrans from Simon Thompson (whose father was an MD of Hine). The outturn of this cask was only 248 numbered bottles.  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1932) - Thompson's
$115.46

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 96528) (Rest & Be Thankful)

70cl, 55.3%

Independently bottled single malt from the Arran distillery, presented by the Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Company. This handsomely presented Island whisky was distilled in June 1996 and set aside to…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 96528) (Rest & Be Thankful)
$99.66

Arran 20 Year Old 1996 - Claxton's

70cl, 50.3%

A Claxton's bottling of 20 year old Arran single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a refill hogshead cask which was filled in September 1996. 291 bottles were produced.  More info

Arran 20 Year Old 1996 - Claxton's
$94.88

Arran Smugglers' Series Volume Three - The Exciseman

70cl, 56.8%

The third and final release in the series, The Exciseman brings together whiskies matured in bourbon quarter casks and Madeira casks. (The latter being a nod to casks used by illicit distillers on…  More info

Arran Smugglers' Series Volume Three - The Exciseman
$103.19

Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask - Batch 1

70cl, 55.7%

Matured in ex-bourbon barrels (various vintages) and finished for 18 months in American oak quarter casks for greater interaction. Bothy harks back to the 18th and 19th centuries on the Isle of Arran…  More info

Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask - Batch 1
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Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch 6

70cl, 52.4%

The 6th batch of cask strength 12 year old single malt from the Arran distillery, bottled in May 2016 with an outturn of 13,800 bottles. Top stuff, showing off all the yummy bits of Arran's excellent…  More info

Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch 6
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Arran 2006 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Independently bottled single malt Scotch whisky from the Arran distillery on the Isle of Arran, distilled in 2006. It was bottled in 2016 by Gordon & MacPhail for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Arran 2006 (bottled 2016) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$42.30

Lochranza Founders' Reserve - 1990s

70cl, 40%

A collectible piece for Arran aficionados - the Lochranza Founder's Reserve was bottled for the wonderful bunch of folks who invested in the distillery back when it was first built in the 1990s. For…  More info

Lochranza Founders' Reserve - 1990s
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Arran 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.7%

Ahoy - it's the sixth batch of Arran single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. For this batch, they've gone and bottled a 19 year old single malt from the Island…  More info

Arran 19 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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$75.44

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1835) - Thompson's

70cl, 53.7%

A Chateau Labouade Sauternes cask finished Arran single malt. 668 individually numbered bottles were produced at natural cask strength without chill filtration. This is one of four rare 1996 'en…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1835) - Thompson's
$108.53

Arran 19 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 52.4%

19 year old Island single malt Scotch whisky from the Isle of Arran distillery, independently bottled by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch collection. This was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2016…  More info

Arran 19 Year Old 1997 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)
$80.92

Arran 19 Year Old - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 54.6%

Oh hello there! This is the fifth batch of Arran single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company - originally for the fantastic whisky weekend which is Dramboree (hence some of…  More info

Arran 19 Year Old - Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$85.43

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1834) - Thompson's

70cl, 52.9%

One of four independent bottlings of Arran single malt Scotch whisky from French bottler, Thompson's, all finished in Sauternes casks from Château la Bouade. This one was from cask 1834, and has been…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 1834) - Thompson's
$108.53

Arran 20 Year Old 1997 (cask 11608) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 44.4%

20 year old single malt from the Arran distillery, which resides on the island that shares its name. This was distilled in January 1997 and filled into a refill hogshead (clearly a very active one,…  More info

Arran 20 Year Old 1997 (cask 11608) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$104.95

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 1607) - The Single Cask

70cl, 45.8%

Arran single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in October 1996 and independently bottled in June 2016 at 19 years old. It was independently bottled by The Single Cask at 45.8% ABV. 102 bottles were…  More info

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 1607) - The Single Cask
$86.64

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