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Arran Founder's Reserve

(70cl, 43%)

Arran Founder's Reserve

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Arran Founder's Reserve Bottling Note

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.

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Arran Founder's Reserve Reviews


I was one of the founders, now I have only 1 bottle ( from formerly 12) Maybe it will be opened at my 60 Birthday ( in a few days)

19th October 2016

Arran founders reserve

Excellent whisky, very smooth.

29th August 2016

My 50th

Andy and Anne Goodwin bought this for me. I am not allowed to drink it until England win a World Cup or my son turns 21! Minimum of 7 years then!!

13th June 2016

What a win!

My son Jake won a bottle of this on the bottle stall at school when he was 8. He's now 14. It's in the loft waiting for his 18th birthday! He and I can't wait :)

24th April 2016

Founder's Reserve


7th January 2016


A friend and I bought a case between us theirs has all gone I have three bottles left trying to decide when to drink them, must be a special occasion the whisky is too good to waste on trivial matters.

17th December 2015


A friend has just given me a bottle. I am honoured. It's delicious. Would I have bought it? Possibly not given the premium, which I suspect was more about the title than the quality.

14th March 2015

Mr. Jas.H.

On holiday in Arran in 1996 to celebrate my early retirement. I purchased a case of Founders Reserve which was delivered to me the following year. This was supposed to be an investment ! Over the years I have given some away and drunk some and now, I have one solitary bottle left.
Wish I had either bought more or kept more for myself.
Some time since I tried it. I remember it as being quite a mild, gentle whisky. Very pleasant.

10th December 2014

Not yet tried.... and tired of waiting !!

I was given a bottle of IOA for my 50th birthday, and was told of it's uniqueness. So I told, and convinced myself to keep it for a very special day. It is in my wardrobe waiting for October 3rd 2014 when I retire. Not long to wait now.

6th January 2014

My thoughts on Founders Reserve

I bought a. case when cycling Arran, May bank hol weekend before official Aug opening by Q. Eliz. Cost me aprox £70, but case to be delivered six years later after paying excise duty, about £130 from memory. When delivered I. drank two bottles, gave one to best mate's wife, then in 2002 gave bottle to each of my six brothers/sisters, after daughter's wedding, and told them I'm saving last three bottles for first wake, whichever of us goes first! Marvellous drink, so much so that my last three bottles are secreted upstairs where I can't get at them should I fall weak one night after drinking Black Bush! Seeing current price makes me wish I'd bought more! .......but I'd prob not sell any. Too good to let go.

31st August 2013


i was a founder bond holder ,i enjoyed some bottles and gave some away to friends,its all gone now,since then i have really enjoyed the Robert burns and lockranza,it takes me back to days in blackwaterfoot and the rock hotel,misty days.Seem to remember founder bond holders were promised the world but that's life,i know my outlay helped to start it and it improves the taste.

28th August 2013


I omitted to say that it is an excellent whisky.

22nd August 2013


To clear up what I consider to be some misinformation. IOA Founder's Reserve is not a very special whisky bottled for shareholders of The Isle of Arran distillery. It was bottled for Founders who bought 'bonds' to generate cash for the founding of the company, which entitled the bond holders to receive IOA whisky after paying full VAT and Customs duty on every bottle bought, at the prevailing duty circa date 2000. There was no company share ownership, only an entitlement to buy bottles of whisky and I am one of the bondholders who thought I was buying shares in the company.

22nd August 2013

Mr M Hunt

I have 12 bottles for sale if anybody is interested.


10th June 2013

Mr D Hollingworth

I still have a case and some to spare. A superb malt that was amazingly quick to mature. A real gem.

22nd December 2012

Mr J. Tierney

Just a wonderful Whisky with a real taste of Scotland.

30th March 2012

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