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Isle of Arran Distillers' Millennium Casks

11th October 2013
Arran distillery launches limited edition Arran Distillers' Millennium Casks

Isle of Arran Distillers, has just unveiled a very special charity whisky made at the turn of the millennium.

Produced on 31st December 1999 and 1st January 2000, the Millennium Casks edition captures a landmark moment in time and is sure to be a hit with whisky fans across the world.

The Arran Distillers' Millennium Casks is a mix of 35 bourbon barrels and 10 Sherry Hogsheads that have been matured at the Arran distillery for over 13 years, bottled at a cask strength of 53.5% ABV and as you would expect from Arran the whisky is non chillfiltered and has no artificial colouring. The new release is due to reach shelves in the UK on 28th October with just 7,800 bottles available worldwide.

The Master Distiller behind the new release, James MacTaggart, said: "With this spirit we tried to create something really unique to reflect upon the importance of a period of time that none of us will experience again.

"Bottled without chill-filtration, the malt has a zesty nose with an edge of spice. Arran fans will be able to detect our hallmark flavours of orchard fruits and baked apples, which are complimented by a sprinkling of vanilla and cinnamon.

"This whisky is delicious served with a splash of water, which helps to expose the layers of creaminess in this unique dram. As with most of our malts, this whisky is unpeated."

The packaging features the God of beginnings, endings and transitions from the ancient Roman myth Janus. This God, depicted with two faces, was able to look back into the past and ahead into the future and prompts drinkers to reflect as well as enjoy the spirit.

Euan Mitchell, managing director, added: “We produce whiskies which are consistently high quality and this new edition holds genuine appeal for drinkers as it reflects the importance of the past as well as the future.”

With an RRP of £64.99, a donation of £1 from every bottle sold will go to the Arran Trust, a conservation charity which funds projects that look after the beautiful landscapes and environment of Arran. One such project is the footpaths on the island which lead to Loch na Davie – the pure water source which is an essential ingredient in the Arran Single Malt.

Euan added: "We want to help maintain the island for future generations and this new whisky release will help us to raise money for charity. We always work closely with the Arran Trust as we have a shared interest and passion for looking after our beautiful corner of Scotland."

Arran Distillers' Millennium Casks Tasting Notes

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: The nose is vibrant and zesty with an edge of spice

Taste: Candied citrus captures your tongue immediately taking you back to the hallmarks of Arran with orchard fruits and baked apples. A sprinkling of vanilla and cinnamon adds a layer of sweet spice and oak to the initial fruity character. A splash of water opens it up beautifully, exposing the layers of creaminess in this unique dram.

Finish: Clean and fresh with a hint of spice, this classic Arran lingers delicately. Notes of mandarins and grapefruit mingle beautifully with the last twist of toasted oak promising another perfectly balanced sip.

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