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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 Port Cask Finish

70cl, 50%

Rich and full bodied, Arran seems to suit red wine, and this Port Cask finish is testament to that. Great maturity and at 50% for additional complexity. This expression was released in 2010.  More info

Arran Port Cask Finish
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Arran Amarone Cask Finish

70cl, 50%

The 2010 released Amarone finish from Arran. This has a similar style to the brilliant Sassicaia finish. Amarone is dry Italian red made using partially dried Corvina grapes, Rondinella grapes and…  More info

Arran Amarone Cask Finish
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Arran Fino Sherry Cask Finish

70cl, 50%

Only 7980 bottles of this Arran single malt were released. Matured for 8 years in an ex-bourbon cask, this whisky enjoyed a further 9 months to finish in a Fino sherry cask from Valdespino.  More info

Arran Fino Sherry Cask Finish

Arran Port Cask Finish (2005 Release)

70cl, 59.4%

Bottled in 2005, this single malt from the Arran distillery enjoyed maturation in a sherry cask before being finished in a first fill Port cask for superb fruity complexity. A release of 888 bottles,…  More info

Arran Port Cask Finish (2005 Release)

Arran Premier Cru Sauternes Finish (Haut Peyraguey)

70cl, 56%

This cask strength from the Isle of Arran distillery comes from a release of just 312 bottles and has been finished for 9 months in a Premier Cru Sauternes cask from Chateau Clos Haut-Peyraguey.  More info

Arran Premier Cru Sauternes Finish (Haut Peyraguey)

Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 2

70cl, 53.6%

The second batch of the Arran Malt 12 Year old Cask Strength enjoyed a maturation in sherry casks, 17 of them first-fill sherry butts and 4 second-fill sherry hogsheads, enhancing the classic Isle of…  More info

Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 2
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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 Marsala Cask Finish

70cl, 50%

The Arran distillery has really embraced the art of cask finishing, as this 2018 limited edition bottling demonstrates. This single malt Scotch spent the last months of its maturation in Marsala…  More info

Arran Marsala Cask Finish
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Arran Côte-Rôtie Cask Finish

70cl, 50%

A limited edition single malt from Arran, which after initially maturing in oak casks was specially chosen by the master distillery to be finished in Côte-Rôtie red wine casks. It was bottled without…  More info

Arran Côte-Rôtie Cask Finish
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Arran Madeira Wine Cask Finish

70cl, 50%

This Isle of Arran whisky exhibits all of the spicy, malty flavours one associates with Christmas, finished as it was in a cask which previously held Madeira.  More info

Arran Madeira Wine Cask Finish

Arran Port Cask Finish (2004 Release)

70cl, 57%

This Isle of Arran single malt enjoyed maturation in ex-sherry cask before being finished in a Port cask. A rare release, an outturn of just 825 bottles, bottled in 2004.  More info

Arran Port Cask Finish (2004 Release)

Arran - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.1%

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

Arran - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Arran 100 Proof

70cl, 57%

A '100 Proof' cask strength edition from the 1993-founded Isle of Arran distillery and Whisky Magazine's Scottish Distiller of the Year 2007.  More info

Arran 100 Proof

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 The Bothy Quarter Cask - Batch 3

70cl, 53.2%

Batch 3 sees the release of 13,800 bottles from Arran’s ‘The Bothy Quarter Cask’ line. Made in reference to a time when the smaller casks of the 18th and 19th centuries were favoured on the Isle of…  More info

Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask - Batch 3
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Arran - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.5%

Batch 3 of Isle of Arran single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, featuring yet another bright and beautiful hand-drawn illustration on the label. This one shows the…  More info

Arran - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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 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 12 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

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

Arran 12 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

Arran Jamaican Rum Finish

70cl, 58.6%

An Isle of Arran cask strength release of just 260 bottles, matured in casks which previously held Jamaican rum which has imparted a thick, spicy richness to this single malt.  More info

Arran Jamaican Rum Finish

Arran Bourbon Cask Finish (2010)

70cl, 57.1%

A cask strength release, from a single bourbon cask created and matured at the Arran distillery on the shores of Lochranza.  More info

Arran Bourbon Cask Finish (2010)

Arran Machrie Moor Peated Cask Strength - Fourth Edition

70cl, 58.1%

The fourth edition of Arran's Machrie Moor Cask Strength boasts a hefty ABV of 58.1% and a robust flavour profile with plenty of peaty goodness. Smashing stuff from Arran - these bottlings are always…  More info

Arran Machrie Moor Peated Cask Strength - Fourth Edition
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Arran 6 Year Old (cask 3) Oloroso Cask Finish - Cask Collection (A.D Rattray)

70cl, 57%

A well sherried single malt from Arran Distillery, produced as part of The Octave Project! The whisky was initially matured in a bourbon barrel before it was transferred to an Octave cask which…  More info

Arran 6 Year Old (cask 3) Oloroso Cask Finish - Cask Collection (A.D Rattray)

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 The Eagle

70cl, 46%

Isle of Arran Distillers announced this back in February and now, the eagle has landed. This is a special edition bottling limited to just 6,000 worldwide, and it's well worth a taste. The single…  More info

Arran The Eagle
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