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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 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
$153.92

SMWS 121.40 7 Year Old

70cl, 61.6%

A single cask seven year old Arran single malt, known as 'Black tea with brown sugar', bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. It was matured in a refill sherry butt and bottled in 2010, with 674…  More info

SMWS 121.40 7 Year Old

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
$108.29

Arran 21 Year Old - White Stag Third Release

70cl, 52.5%

The third release in Arran's White Stag series is a 21 year old single malt drawn from a pair of sherry hogsheads. It was bottled in September 2017 with an outturn of 695, all adorned with a rather…  More info

Arran 21 Year Old - White Stag Third Release

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 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
$74.06

Arran Smugglers' Series Volume Two - The High Seas

70cl, 55.4%

The second bottling in the Smugglers' Series from the Arran distillery (the first one proved rather popular indeed!). This one has been matured in a combination of rum casks and first-fill bourbon…  More info

Arran Smugglers' Series Volume Two - The High Seas

SMWS 121.65 14 Year Old 1999

70cl, 58.3%

Another intriguing bottling from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. This one is a 14 year old single malt from Arran, filled into a single sherry cask all the way back in 1999. The SMWS gave it the name…  More info

SMWS 121.65 14 Year Old 1999

Arran Grand Cru Champagne Cask Finish (Boxed)

70cl, 58.9%

A collectible bottling of Arran single malt from 2005, featuring the Island whisky finished in Grand Cru Champagne casks! Not a common type of cask for whisky to spend time in, but a very interesting…  More info

Arran Grand Cru Champagne Cask Finish (Boxed)

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 22 Year Old 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 49.2%

A 22 year old single malt from the Arran distillery, drawn from a single refill sherry hogshead. It was laid down in 1996 and bottled in February 2018 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice…  More info

Arran 22 Year Old 1996 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$165.62

Arran 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 2004/012) - Private Cask

70cl, 46%

A Private Cask bottling of 10 year old single malt from the Arran distillery, matured in a single Sherry hogshead from September 2004 to January 2015. 408 bottles were produced.  More info

Arran 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 2004/012) - Private Cask
$91.16

Arran 21 Years Old 1996 - The Nectar of the Daily Drams

70cl, 51.7%

A richly well-sherried single malt from the Arran distillery, matured for 21 years (from 1996 to 2017) before being bottled by The Nectar of the Daily Drams!  More info

Arran 21 Years Old 1996 - The Nectar of the Daily Drams
$234.67

Robert Burns Single Malt - 250 Years Anniversary Edition

70cl, 43%

This 1998 vintage single malt was released by the Arran distillery in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth, which occurs in January 2009. A neat piece for Scottish poetry…  More info

Robert Burns Single Malt - 250 Years 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
$153.40

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
$119.47

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
$50.32

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
$131.11

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
$63.82

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)
$191.32

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)
$40.06

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
$153.92

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
$142.47

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