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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. Though Arran has a capacity of 750,000 litres, the distillery only produces a around a fifth of this. 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.

Arran Whisky Distillery

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About Arran Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01770 830264

Distillery Founded


Distillery Capacity

750 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Owner

Isle of Arran Distillers

Distillery Address

Lochranza, Isle of Arran

Distillery Website


Harold Currie founds the distillery.


Production starts in full on 17th August.


A 1 year old is released with the text


A visitor centre is opened by Her Majesty the Queen.


The first release is a 3 year old (1 000 bottles).


The Arran 4 years old is released.


Single Cask 1995 is launched.


Single Cask 1997, non-chill filtered and Calvados finish is launched.


Cognac finish, Marsala finish, Port finish and Arran First Distillation 1995 are launched.


Arran 1996 is launched (6 000 bottles). Two more finishes are launched - Chateau Margaux and Grand Cru Champagne.


After an unofficial launch in 2005, Arran 10 years old is released as well as a couple of new wood finishes.


Arran is named Scottish Distiller of the Year by Whisky Magazine. Four new wood finishes and Gordon´s Dram are released.


The first 12 year old is released as well as four new wood finishes.

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Tasting Sets
Arran 14 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
The 2010 release from Arran, the 14 year old replaces the previous benchmark, the 12. This was finished in fresh bourbon and sherry hogsheads 2 years before it was bottled. The result is a sweet...  More info
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A citrus-y, light and elegant no-age-statement single malt Scotch whisky from the distillery on the Isle of Arran. The Lochranza Reserve replaced the Arran Original in mid-2014. The name comes from...  More info
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Ah, Arran single malt! Lovely stuff from a fabulous Island distillery. This is an independent bottling of Arran single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in December 1996 and matured in a single Sherry...  More info
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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
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A tasty whisky liqueur based on Arran single malt. At Whisky Magazine's World Whiskies Awards 2007 this was named "World's Best Whisky Liqueur".  More info
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A very special whisky, bottled for the shareholders of the Isle of Arran distillery. The Founder's Reserve is light and gentle, and has notes of sweet, fresh apple.  More info
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A single malt from the Isle of Arran distillery, celebrating the famed Scottish poet, Robert Burns. This bottling is officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation, it is said that Burns held...  More info
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The fourth batch of Arran single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company is another delicious island dram from the distillers on the Isle of Arran!

The label once again...  More info
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Arran 18 Year Old
(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 limited...  More info
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Arran 10 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
Officially launched in 2006, this 10 year old lies at the heart of the Isle of Arran range and exudes all the honeyed richness we have come to associate with the island distillery.  More info
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The Arran Malt finished in Sauternes casks. These casks that previously held Bordeaux sweet wine give a honeyed sweetness to the isle of Arran’s only single malt distillery.  More info
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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
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From the Arran distillery, this was blended in honour of Scotland's favourite poet - Robert Burns and this is officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation no less.  More info
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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
From an island in the sun (sometimes) comes this 16 single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd. But which island? Why, the Isle of Arran and the wonderful Arran distillery, of course!...  More info
From the Rest & be Thankful Whisky Company's selection of independently bottled whiskies comes a 16 year old single malt from the Arran distillery, matured in a single bourbon cask. Back in June 1998...  More info
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
18 year old Arran single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the wonderful Old Malt Cask range by Hunter Laing. This Island malt was distilled in December 1995 and left to mature in a refill hogshead...  More info
Arran's 12 Year Old Cask Strength has had a bit of a redesign! The fourth batch of 12 year old cask strength Arran single malt weighs in at 53.2% ABV. After maturing for at least 12 years in first...  More info
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
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
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
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
From the distillery on the Isle of Arran comes this 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky which has been independently bottled by the chaps at Hunter Laing. It was distilled in September 1996 and...  More info
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
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