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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 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)
$102.20

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 - Single Cask (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 50.9%

This 1996 vintage single malt began its life at the Arran Distillery, and was placed straight in a single bourbon hogshead where it matured for 18 years. W.M. Cadenhead bottled the whisky for its…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1996 - Single Cask (WM Cadenhead)

Arran 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10840) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.4%

We love an Arran, and we love an Old Particular bottling - this one matured for 18 years in a refill hogshead, developing raw honey and orange peel notes.  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 10840) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Arran 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11595) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

A Hunter Laing bottling of 18 year old single malt from the Arran distillery, located on the eponymous Scottish island. This was distilled in 1997 and bottled in May 2015 for the long-running Old…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11595) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
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$91.02

Arran 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 97/741) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52%

Indie Arran single malt here from Duncan Taylor, bottled for the Dimensions range. It was distilled on the Isle of Arran in May 1997 and bottled 18 years later in September 2015. A release of 176…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 97/741) - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Arran 18 Year Old Founder's Reserve

70cl, 43%

Here we have the 18 year old Founder's Reserve from Arran. A super rare and collectible bottling, as Founder's Reserve releases were initially only made available to the bond holders that founded the…  More info

Arran 18 Year Old Founder's Reserve

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 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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$79.45

Arran 1997 Rowan Tree - Icons of Arran

70cl, 46%

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

Arran 1997 Rowan Tree - Icons of Arran

Arran 1998 Westie - Icons of Arran

70cl, 46%

Released as part of Arran's Icons of Arran range (commemorating the symbols of Island life), this 1998 vintage features a picture of Ruaraidh, Arran's beloved Westie. It was made using twenty two…  More info

Arran 1998 Westie - Icons of Arran
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Arran 1999 15th Anniversary Amontillado Finish

70cl, 54.6%

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

Arran 1999 15th Anniversary Amontillado Finish

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 (48.8%) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 48.8%

Rather well aged single malt Scotch whisky from the Arran distillery, bottled by Gleann Mór for the A Rare Find range. This was set aside to age by the island distillers in July 1996 and bottled…  More info

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 (48.8%) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 50.1%

A Gleann Mór bottling of 19 year old Arran single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single cask! It was distilled in March 1996 and bottled in October 2015 at 50.1% ABV, with 245 bottles produced.  More info

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
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Arran 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 11885) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

An independently bottled Arran single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a refill hogshead for 19 years! This was distilled on the Isle of Arran in September 1996 and bottled in September 2015 by Hunter…  More info

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 (cask 11885) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

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
$88.85

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 55.3%

19 year old single cask single malt from the Arran distillery, located on the eponymous Scottish island. This was distilled in September 1996 (the year after they started distilling) and aged in a…  More info

Arran 19 Year Old 1996 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Arran 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 11089) Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.5%

19 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Arran distillery, residing on the island from which it took its name. It was distilled in February 1997 and allowed to age in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Arran 19 Year Old 1997 (cask 11089) Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

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)
$82.98

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)
$87.61

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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$77.36

Arran 2000 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

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

Arran 2000 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Arran 2004 (bottled 2012) Orkney Bere Barley

70cl, 46%

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

Arran 2004 (bottled 2012) Orkney Bere Barley
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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 2005 Bourbon Cask Peated

70cl, 57.7%

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

Arran 2005 Bourbon Cask Peated
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Arran 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Independently bottled single malt from the Arran distillery, way out on the Isle of Arran. It was distilled in 2006 and bottled in 2014 by Gordon & MacPahil for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Arran 2006 (bottled 2014) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

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