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Arran Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Loch na Davie
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd
+44 (0)1770 830264
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Like other Hebridean islands back in the 19th century the Isle of Arran boasted almost 50 distilleries, most of them illicit distilleries but it did have two or three legal whisky distilleries for a brief period on the south side of the island but these distilleries fell silent back in the 1830's.

In 1995 former Chivas managing director Harold Currie realised his ambition to build a new distillery. The location where he chose to build the distillery was in the rugged north side of the Isle of Arran on the outskirts of of the village of Lochranza.

On the June 29th 1995 the Isle of Arran's stainless steel mashtun, wooden washbacks and single pair of small stills started producing whisky, the first legal whisky to be produced on the Isle of Arran in 160 years.

Currie funded the new distillery with the sale of 2000 bonds which entitled the bond holder to an amount of whisky once the distillery went into production. The bond holders were given whisky at intervals as the whisky matured. During the years while awaiting the whisky to come of age the distillery also supported itself by releasing a number of young limited release whiskies although it has been said that whisky may mature faster in Arran's slightly warmer and very often wetter climate.

Arran is small scale distillery which produces a non-chillfiltered light to medium bodied, sweet, fruity, floral whisky which has received well deserved praise for its core range 10 year old and 14 year old. It has also turned out some excellent limited edition expressions such as the peated Machrie Moor and many of its limited release whiskies have become highly collectable such as the Icons of Arran range and Arran Devilís Punch Bowl trilogy.

Arran also produces Lochranza, a subtle smooth blended whisky which has Arran single malt at its heart. They also produce the Robert Burns range which is a selection of malt and blended whiskies which are officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation.

Arran Tasting Notes

Arran 10 Year Old:

Nose: The initial rush of vanilla sweetness gives way to the fruits of slow distillation - kiwi, banana, cantaloupe melon - with just a dusting of cocoa powder. It is undoubtedly complex and yet the aromas are in complete harmony with the malt.

Taste: A touch of cinnamon adds a spicy edge to the soft and sweet texture which captivates the palate. The classic Arran citrus notes have rounded with age and reveal new depths of character against a background of sweet oak.

Arran 14 Year Old:

Nose: Dried fruits, vanilla and toffee up front. With a little water a salty tang appears, with caramelised fruits inidicating a depth of flavour.

Taste: An initial burst of brine leads onto warming toffee appleas and hazlenuts. This is followed by dates, chocolate orange and spiced tea cake. The mouthfeel is overwhelmingly rich and weighty.

Finish: A trademark Arran finish with cinnamon spices leading back to where the experience began, with a classic island-style salty wave balancing the sweet-fruit of the palate.

Arran 12 Cask Strength:

Colour: Autumn Gold.

Nose: Full-bodied aroma of dark chocolate, toasted oak and baked apples.

Palate: A warming sherry blanket at first but time and a splash of water reveal more subtle nuances of citrus fruits and cinnamon.

Finish: Powerful and spicy but still retains the finesse of classic Arran expressions.

Arran Machrie Moor:

Nose: Subtle and elusive initially. Hints of fudge, coconut & spice with a teasing touch of the glorious peat reek to follow.

Taste: Classic Arran at first with notes of citrus, orchard fruits and cardamom spice mingling in a rich melting pot. At the back of the palate peat smoke finally emerges to whip up a storm.

Finish: The peat reek takes centre stage leaving a rich, warming glow like the burning embers of a bonfire. Master Distiller James MacTaggart has skilfully combined all of the elements at work to create a harmonious blend of malt, peat and cask.

Arran Rowan Tree:

Nose: The aroma is complex with hints of dark chocolate, cherries and ginger. Mint-toffee and hazelnut emerge with water.

Taste: Rich and creamy on the palate with classic sherry wood notes of dried fruit and spice. A confectionery sweetness mingles beautifully with the intrinsic citrus character of the Arran Malt.

Finish: Much drier on the long finish with an intriguing peppery note developing.

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Arran Bottlings

Arran offer you the following choice of single malts:
  • Arran First 1996 Vintage Edition
  • Arran 10 Year Old Single Malt
  • Arran 14 Year Old Single Malt
  • Arran 16 Year Old Single Malt
  • Arran Machrie Moor
  • Arran Amarone Cask Finish
  • Arran Sauternes Cask Finish
  • Arran  Port Cask Finish
  • Icons of Arran series
  • Arran Devilís Punch Bowl trilogy
  • Burns Malt
  • Burns Blend
  • Lochranza

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