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ARRAN  

1 year old spirit  

61,5 %                      
1996
Cask Strenght
5 cl
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd,
Lochranza

ISLE OF ARRAN   

3 years old

60.3 %      INFO     
Cask Strenght
FIRST  PRODUCTION
Limited Edition
One thousand bottles
Genummerde flessen
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

THE ARRAN MALT   

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46 %   INFO
Non - Chillfiltered
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

ARRAN   

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43 %      INFO  
Matured in Sherry Casks
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

ARRAN   

4 years old

43 %          INFO
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
No. 1 1999/2000
SCOTTISH PAINTERS COLLECTION
Lochranza William Miller Frazer
3000 Genummerde flessen
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

ARRAN   

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40 %      
Arran Single Island
Malt Scotch Whisky
ROBERT BURNS
WORLD FEDERATION

'A man's a man for a' that'
Limited Edition 2001
Genummerde flessen
Isle of Arran Distillers, Arran.

THE ARRAN MALT   

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60,1 %    INFO   
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
FINISHED IN A COGNAC CASK
Single Cask Malt
Limited Edition
Bottled 14.10.03
482 numbered Bottles
Isle of Arran Distillers, Isle of Arran

THE ARRAN MALT   

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58,9%   INFO  
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
FINISHED IN A RUM CASK
Single Cask Malt
Limited Edition
Bottled 23.9.04
287 numbered Bottles
Isle of Arran Distillers, Isle of Arran

THE ARRAN MALT  

8 years old 46 %    INFO            
ARRAN FIRST
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 1995
Bottled 2004
Limited Edition
Non - Chillfiltered
2784 Bottles
Isle of Arran Distillers ltd, Arran
First Distillation - Limited Edition

THE ARRAN MALT   

8 years old

58,5 %      INFO  
SINGLE CASK SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Date distilled Nov 95
Date Bottled Jan 04
Society Cask code 121.4
Outturn 391 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'An amazing body'

THE ARRAN MALT   

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60.8 %     INFO
FINISHED IN A CALVADOS CASK
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Single Cask Malt
Bottled 8.2.05
Numbered Bottles
Limited Edition
300 Bottles
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

ARRAN MALT   

over  7  years old

46 %        
THE McGIBBON's PROVENANCE
SPRING DISTILLATION
Special Single Malt Scotch Whisky Selection
Distilled at Arran Distillery
Arran Malt
Distilled - 1997 - Spring
Bottled - 2004 - Autumn
A Bottling from 3 Casks
D M G ref 1494/1495/1496
Matured in Sherry Hogshead
Un-Chillfiltered. No. Colouring
Douglas McGibbon & Co, Ltd, Glasgow

THE ARRAN MALT   

7 years old

57.7 %   INFO         
SINGLE CASK MALT
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 30.9.96
Bottled 20.4.04
Numbered Bottles
Limited Edition
221 Bottles
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

THE ARRAN MALT   6 years old 59.1 %     INFO       
MATURED IN A SHERRY CASK
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Single Cask Malt
Distilled 15.12.98
Cask no. 1522
Bottled 14.02.05
Limited Edition
Numbered Bottles
298 Bottles
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

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62.0 %     INFO
FINISHED IN A BORDEAUX CASK
FROM ST. ESTEPHE

Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Single Cask Malt
Bottled 18.5.05
Numbered Bottles
312 Bottles
sle of Arran Distillers, Arran

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57,7 %   INFO  
FINISHED IN A PORT CASK
Single Island Malt  Scotch Whisky
Single Cask Malt
Bottled 28-6-05
Limited Edition
Numbered Bottles
684 Bottles
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

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56,9 %      
FINISHED IN A MARSALA CASK
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Single Cask Malt
Limited Edition
304 Numbered Bottles
Bottled 22.10.04
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd,  Arran

THE ARRAN MALT

10 years old  

55,3 %             
THE WORLD'S PREMIER BOTTLING
OF THE ARRAN MALT 10 YEARS OLD

Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled: August 15 TH, 1995
Bottled September 9th - 11th 2005
Cask No. 10
At Cöpenicker Whisky Herbst 2005,
Berlin, Germany
360 Numbered Bottles
No Chill Filtration
Natural Colour
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd,  Arran

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59,9 %    INFO  
SINGLE CASK MALT
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Limited Edition
CHATEAU MARGAUX CASK FINISH
Bottled 4-8-05
330 Numbered Bottles
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

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58,7 %   INFO  
SINGLE CASK MALT
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Limited Edition
GRAND CRU CHAMPAGNE CASK FINISH
Bottled 18-8-05
317 Numbered Bottles
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

THE ARRAN MALT     

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SINGLE CASK MALT
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Limited Edition
CREAM SHERRY CASK FROM
GONZALES BYASS

Bottled 26-01-06
825 Numbered Bottles
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

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56,7 %       INFO
SINGLE CASK MALT
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Limited Edition
MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO 'VILLA GEMMA'
CASK FROM THE HOUSE OF MASCISRELLI

Bottled 16-11-05
308 Numbered Bottles
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

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61,3 %       INFO
SINGLE CASK MALT
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Limited Edition
LEPANTO PX BRANDY CASK
FROM GONZALES BYASS

Bottled 13-01-06
759 Numbered Bottles
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

THE ARRAN MALT   

Aged  10 years

46 %         INFO   
THE ISLAND MALT
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Non Chill Filtered
Distilled, Matured and Bottled
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

THE ARRAN MALT    

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56,6 %    INFO    
SINGLE CASK MALT
Single Island Malt Scotch Whisky
Limited Edition
GONZALEZ BYASS
CREAM SHERRY FINISH

Bottled  26.1.06
825 Numbered Bottles
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

ARRAN         

over  8 years old  

43 %     INFO    
ISLANDS  SINGLE
MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
CONNOISSEURS  CHOICE
Distillation Date: September 1998
Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogshead
Bottling Date: May 2007
Proprietors: Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd

Gordon & Macphail, Elgin


THE  ARRAN  MALT    

12 years old  

46 % INFO
THE  ISLAND  MALT
THE  ICONS  OF  ARRAN  DISTILLERY
NUMBER  TWO
THE  ROWAN  TREE  LIMITED  EDITION

Distilled 1997
Bottled 2010
Limited Edition
6000 Bottles
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arranm

ARRAN

ANNIVERSARY  BOTTLING
THE  ARRAN  MALT   

54,6 %                           
CELEBRATING  OUR  15th  YEAR
Distilled in 1999
Bottled 2010
FINISHED  IN  AMONTILLADO
SHERRY  CASKS
This Limited Edition of 5640 Bottles Marks
The 15th Anniversary of Isle of Arran Distillery
The true spirit of nature
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

ARRAN  ( 1995 -  also see Machrie Moor ( 2010 - (from stock 2004/2005)
                                                                                                                                   
THE  ARRAN  MALT    INFO                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

ORKNEY  BERE     

46 %                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

VINTAGE  2 0 0 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Aged over 8 year                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Single Malt Scotch Whisky                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

AGRONOMY  INSTITUT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

UNIVERSITY  OF  THE  HIGHLANDS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

AND ISLANDS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

ORKNEY  COLLEGE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Bere is malted in Inverness                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Distilled 2004                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Matured in American Oak barrels                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Bottled 2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Non Chill Filtering                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

No Colouring                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Limited Edition                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

5800 Bottles                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Distilled and Bottled in Scotland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

THE  ARRAN  MALT  INFO:
Aged  16  years  

46 %                                                                       
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Pure by Nature
Strictly Limited 9000 Bottles
Produced from un - peated barley
Matured in ex - Bourbon and
Ex - Sherry casks
Natural Colour
Non Chill - Filtered
Each Cask imparts its own unique
and distinct Mark upon the Spirit
it has matured over the years
Isle of arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

THE  ARRAN  MALT
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY    

53.4 %          
Presents
THE  DEVIL'S  PUNCH  BOWL
The Third in The Triology

Limited Edition
CHAPTER  III  NUMBER
THE  FIENDISH  FINALE

Natural strength
Without Chill Filtration
James MacTaggart, Master Distiller
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran

THE  DEVIL'S  PUNCH  BOWL

We present The Fiendish Finale to a Series of Dramatic Creations from our master Distiller.

A Masterpiece which brings this Unholy Trinity to a Triumphant  Close.

"For Chapter III of the Devil's Punch Bowl I have chosen a broading selection of Arran's finest
aged Oloraso Sherry Butts which set the scene for the final performance.

Notes of distinctive dark chocolate and dried fruits give satisfying depth and provide the ideal foundation for this last dram with the Devil.

The inclusion of French Oak Barriques adds a rich layer of spice and toasted oak to procee-
dings while the Bourbon Barrels bring the sweetness of honey and vanilla.

This final flourish of the Punch Bowl brings the curtain down in dramatic style"

James MacTaggart, Master Distiller

The Western Islands
Arran
ARRAN  (1995

Arran Distillers Ltd, Arran.
Harold Currie, eerder directeur bij Chivas Brothers en House of Campbell, begon in 1991 de bouw van de distilleerderij.
Op 29 Juni 1995 kwam om 2 uur 29 in de middag de eerste spirit uit de ketels.
Het was 160 jaar geleden dat er op Arran legaal whisky was gestookt.
De kleine distilleerderij heeft twee Forsyth ketels.
De whisky rijpt deels bij de distilleerderij en deels bij Springbank.
Om de distilleerderij en voorraden te financieren heeft men de 'Arran Bonds' bedacht; tegen betaling vooraf van E 450 krijgt de whiskyliefhebber een vat whisky waarvan hij in 1998 vijf dozen blended whisky en in 2001 vijf dozen single malt whisky ontvangt.
Naast Harold Currie zijn ook zijn zoons Paul en Andrew bij de distilleerderij betrokken.
De manager van Arran is Gordon Mitchell, afkomstig van de Cooley distilleerderij in Ierland.
Het water komt van Eason Biorach.
Nu produceert men reeds de vatted malt Eileandour en de blends Glen Rosa, Island Prince en Loch Ranza.

August 2010
Arran Distillery lost up to 5000 Pounds a year in the early stages of the operation. This has narrowed over the years. In 2998 it made a loss of 137.000 Pounds and was 16.000 Pounds in 2009 by a turnover of 2.000.000 Pounds
The company is said to be on course of 40.000 profit this year.
Euan Mitchell, managing director is now seeking outside funds for the group which is
Currently privately owned by more than 100 local investors.

Isle of Arran Distillers has secured                                                                                                                                        

a 3.000.000 pounds cash injection                                                                                                                                           

from Clydesdale Bank

to build a warehouse on the island,                                                                                                                                                                         

to increase production


Bere
Pronounced 'bear' is  a six - row barley and Britain's oldest cereal and currently cultivated
a very small scale by a few crofters on (mainly) Orkney (5 à 12 hectares, Islay ( for Bruich-
laddich Distillery), Shetland, South- and North Uist, Barra and Benbecula.
Bere, a very old grain that may have been brought to Britain in the 9th century by the Vikings,
or even from earlier settlements.
Bere, or in its early days also called "bygge", "big", "bear", or "beir" perhaps originating from
the old Norse term from "bygg"which is barley.
On Orkney the meal is called beremeal, but the crop is called corn.
Bere is a landrace adapted to grow on soils of a low P H and a very short growing season but
with long houirs of daylight as it is sown in spring and harvested in summer, and thus sown
late and harvested first, it is also known as "the 90 - day barley".
Bere was important in the 19th and 20th centuries in the Highland and Islands of Scotland.
Bere has a long history of use in making alcoholic beverages, Historical accounts from the
15th century onward show that Orkney produced a large amount of malt and beer, and a
ancient tradition of making bere - based home - brew survives until this day on Orkney.
Also the Campbeltown whisky distilleries and breweries  used large quantities of bere from Orkney during the 19th century.
But the advent of higher yielding barley varities led to a general decline of Bere.
It survives in cultivation thanks to Baron Mills, Birsay, also known as the Boardhouse Mill
on Orkney, a 18th century watermill, which purchases the Bere to produce beremeal
which is locally used in bread, biscuits, beremeal bannock and sold to produce beer and whisky.
At Baron Mills, a kiln for drying the bere is integral with the building, grinding is done in winter and during the summer the Mill is open to tourists and the machinery is demonstated
by the miller, Rae Phillips (2012).
The Birsay Heritage Trust is the owner of Baron Mills
In the early 21st century some distillers began experimenting again with bere to produce whisky and in 2006 the most northern brewery of Scotland released a bere - based microbrew.
The Agronomy Institute at Orkney College U H I has had a research program on Bere since
2002. The program is aimed at developing new markets for the crop and developing best
practices for growing it more easily and with increased yields
And now in 2012, Bruichladdich and Arran distilleries also produce whisky from bere.
Bere, Scotland's oldest cultivated barley, was commonly used for the production of whisky
until the middle of the nineteenth century. Although bthis 6 - row barley is well - suited to
the short growing season of the north of Scotland, it is now only grown commercially on a
few Scottish islands, including Orkney, where Orkney's Agronomy Institute is developing
new markets for the crop. Modern barleyvarietes long since eclipsed bere in the whisky
industry but, as this bottling testifies it can still produce a dramatic and distinctive single malt.

The Arran  Malt -  Orkney Bere  
This single malt scotch whisky was produced as a collaboration between the Agronomy In -
stitute of Orkney College (University of the Highlands & Islands and isle of Arran Distillers.
The bere was grown on Orkney before being malted in Inverness and subsequently distilled
and matured on Arran.
It has been matured for over 8 years in American oak barrels and bottled at 46 % without
Chill - Filtration or the addition of artificial colouring. This is a taste of whisky as it used to be.

THE  FIENDISH  FINALE
The Devil's  Punch Bowl Chapter III is a limited edition expression of The Arran Single Malt
inspired by the glacial hollow 'Coire na Ciche' whose sinister presence dominates the
north - east coast of Arran. Our fiendish Distiller James MacTaggart has persued the
darkest corners of our warehouses one last time to hand pick the finest casks for the third
and final release of this infernal trilogy of devilish drams. Casks across a range of ages
and types have been chosen to create perhaps the most distinctive Devils's Punch Bowl
yet.
Bottled at natural strength and without chill - filtration, The Devil's Punch Bowl is a tes-
timony to the consistent superior quality of The Arran Malt across each year of production.
Further details of every cask hand picked for this bottling can be found at www.arranwhisky.
com/stag.
Dare you be tempted by the Devil one final time.

THE DEVIL'S  PUNCH  BOWL  CHAPTER  NO. 03

A faultless selection of Isle of Arran Distillers fiendishly good casks:
Sherry Butt: Cask No. 1648/1643/1827/1828/2105/219/220/ 714
French Oak Barrique: Cask No. 696/697/698/700/701/703/704/705
Bourbon Barrel: Cask No. 042/050/052/074/079

Saturday 25 July 2015
Isle of Arran Distillers has reported record results despite a challenging year for the whisky industry.
The company said that turnover in the past year had risen by 21 per cent and net profit was up by 51 per cent - the best performance since the business began in 1995.
It said its success was being driven by brand sales, which were ahead by 25 per cent, in contrast to a slight decline for the Scotch whisky industry as a whole.
Export sales for Isle of Arran climbed, with key markets for growth including Canada, Germany and Taiwan. The firm's single malts are now available in 45 countries and it said further markets are "being explored".
After a succession of healthy profits reported over the last five years, turnover for the independent distiller has more than doubled since 2010.
Managing director Euan Mitchell said: "In a challenging period for Scotch whisky our continued growth is testament to a focus on quality and a clear strategy well executed.
"Some people believe when the big companies in the industry sneeze we all catch a cold but this is not our experience. Interest in smaller, independent brands such as ours is surging and we are not even scratching the surface in global terms."
As well as driving export sales, the Arran Malt range is set for increased distribution in the UK with Marks & Spencer, where two products will be available in stores later this year.
The distiller hailed the success of a repackaging of its core product range, which launched in the second half of 2014. Combined with a schedule of limited edition releases, particularly the final release of the Devil's Punch Bowl series, sales of Arran single malts were up by 23 per cent over the previous year.
Mitchell added: "We have invested to support the progress we expect to make. Two new pot stills are on order and will be installed in late 2016.
"This will allow production to double beyond one million litres of pure alcohol once fully commissioned.
"We have never been the kind of distillery to produce more than we expect to sell, so this boost in capacity and capability is purely a reflection of the anticipated demand for Arran malts."

The Isle of Arran Distillery has released the first of its limited edition Smugglers' Series whiskies, which celebrates the distillery's 21st birthday.
The Smugglers' Series is said to "honour the tradition" of the illicit whisky trade that operated from Arran and up the Clyde to Glasgow.
Euan Mitchell, managing direct of Isle of Arran Distillery said: "We're justifiably proud of the whisky-making heritage of the island. Visitors have long been fascinated in the illicit industry that ran between Arran and Glasgow in centuries past.
"With the distillery turning 21, it felt like the perfect time to commemorate that exciting time in Scotch whisky's heritage with a series that pays homage to its ancestors whilst looking forward to the distillery's future."
The series' packaging is designed to be "reminiscent of the hiding places used in the 18th and 19th centuries". Smugglers' Series Vol. 1, The Illicit Stills, is housed in a cut-out compartment of a would-be book.
The Illicit Stills has "a robust body and heavier peat influence, redolent of the whisky produced on the island in days gone by". It has been matured in bourbon barrels and port pipes and is non-chill filtered, with no artificial colouring.
Bottled at 56.4.% ABV, The Illicit Stills is limited to 8,700 bottles worldwide and is priced at  £84.99.

ISLANDS SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

As an island whisky, it might be thought that Arran would always have been peaty. Instead, it started life as a non-smoky ‘Highland-style' malt. Like any new build distillery, the equipment is in an easily managed single tier space with small semi-lauter mashtun, wooden washbacks and a pair of small stills.
The character shows light cereal crunchiness behind a distinctly citric note. Arran has also shown that this distillate, allied to a quality-focused wood policy, has given single malt that is capable of extended ageing. These days, peated malt is also being run.

BRANDS PRODUCED HERE
Robert Burns
Although the Arran distillery is relatively new (production started in 1995), the island in the Firth of Clyde has a long history of whisky-making. A fertile place, the farmers in the south of the island had plenty of raw materials to work with, and when home distillation and small stills were effectively banned in the late 18th century, they simply went underground.
After all, demand for smuggled whisky was on the rise and Arran had excellent links to Glasgow. There is some evidence that molasses was also distilled here. When the law changed a legal distillery ran at Lagg from 1825, but it closed in 1837 and Arran’s distilling heritage was seemingly lost forever.
All that changed in 1995 when a consortium, headed by former Chivas Bros MD Harold Currie, chose a site at Lochranza in the north of the island. The decision to move to a part of Arran that was previously unknown for whisky was a result of two facts: a good water supply and potential for tourism. Today, in excess of 60,000 people visit the distillery every year.
Further cash was made by selling casks of whisky to private individuals but the scheme was halted when it was discovered that though the money raised was useful in creating initial cashflow, it resulted in the distillery not owning a significant percentage of its own stock – a problem when trying to build a brand.
Bottling started with a limited edition three-year-old in 1998 and the range has continued to expand, although today there are fewer ‘finished’ variants than in the past. A peated expression ‘Machrie Moor’ has also been introduced.

1994
Work starts on building a distillery at Lochranza, Arran
1995
Distilling officially commences at Arran
1997
Arran’s visitors’ centre is opened by Queen Elizabeth II
1998
The distillery’s first bottling, a limited edition three-year-old, is released
2010
Arran releases its first peated single malt, Machrie Moor
2015
The distillery releases its first limited edition bottling of an 18-year-old

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
0.75
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
65hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
68.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
2.5
HEAT SOURCE i
Indirect steam through a bank of thin, stainless steam plates
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Unpeated (46 weeks per year), 20ppm (four weeks per year) or 50ppm (2 weeks per year)
MALT SUPPLIER i
Boortmalt, Glenesk Maltings
MASH TUN TYPE i
Semi Lauter
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
68.5%
SINGLE MALT PERCENTAGE i
95%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
4,800
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Bulb shape with a long narrow lyne arm
STILLS i
2
WAREHOUSING i
Dunnage, racked and palletised
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
6,500
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Broad pot with a tall narrow neck and long narrow lyne arm
WASHBACK CHARGE (L) i
13,000
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
15,000
WASHBACK TYPE i
Wood
WASHBACKS i
5
WATER SOURCE i
Gleann Easan Biorach
WORT CLARITY i
Clear
YEAST TYPE i
Kerry 'M' stra

EUAN MITCHELL, ISLE OF ARRAN DISTILLERS
December 2017
With an expansion of Arran distillery now complete, Isle of Arran Distillers MD Euan Mitchell reveals plans for the island’s second distillery, and its very peaty future. .
Smoky future: Euan Mitchell is raring to explore the world of peated whisky with Lagg distillery
‘It’s been quite a journey. I joined Isle of Arran Distillers in 2003 and the distillery then was only eight years old. The whisky was pretty young and the market was still pretty sceptical about young whiskies then. It was quite a hard process building the brand in those days.
‘The perception of younger whiskies has totally changed now – people are much more open-minded and the quality of wood management has improved in that time as well.
‘Arran was a young, independent distillery then and there were no new distilleries on the horizon except perhaps Kilchoman, of course. You’re now reading about new distilleries every week, so the market has really come full-circle.
‘I particularly remember tasting an old-style Springbank 15-year-old in Campbeltown when I worked with Cadenhead, and that was really the first one that made me sit up and take notice.
‘Flavour profiles have definitely changed. I remember years ago being at a tasting of ’60s, ’70s and ’80s Laphroaig and it was like tasting three different brands. Blind, you would never have associated them as being the same thing, as everything changes over time as production methods evolve.
‘A lot of these old bottlings are what got people excited about whisky in the first instance. You just hope that in the future there will be the same lightbulb moment for people coming into the category.

New breed: Although Arran distillery was built in 1995, the island has a long history of whisky making
‘We’ve been doing a lot of research on the Isle of Arran of late. A local historian called Gregor Adamson has written a book for us with fascinating stories about local farmers smuggling their wares across to the mainland, trying to hoodwink the excisemen.
‘There’s a story of a local smuggler getting caught with two casks, and the excisemen were persuaded before they took him back to the mainland to await his fate to have a meal at the local Lagg hotel. In the meantime, the two casks of whisky were replaced with seawater.
‘There are lots of these stories of trying to outwit the taxman. It’s been interesting because everyone associates the whisky on Arran with ourselves, but actually the island has had a long history of producing whisky legally and illegally.
‘Whisky’s story is massively important. Single malt is all about the place it was made and the people who make it. It’s not just a brand; it’s not just a label that sits on the shelf. It’s all about the story behind it. Certainly being on an island there’s a sense of romance. There’s escapism. We really want to tap into that.
‘The island markets itself as “island time in no time”. You are not travelling for hours and hours to get there and there’s nothing more appealing than watching the bars on your phone signal disappear as you arrive.
‘You get that sense of being somewhere else, and the pressures that apply on the mainland don’t apply here. Arran has a lot to offer visitors; it’s a very beautiful island.
‘Like anybody being on an island, you’re kind of at the mercy of the elements. Countless times I’ve sat in the ferry queue at Ardross to be told the ferry’s not sailing that day, or be on the boat and it’s turned around after 15 minutes. There are times we’ve had to stop distilling because malt couldn’t get to the island because of the ferry being off.
‘There are so many distilleries coming on stream now, but when Arran started in 1995, Harold [Currie, founder of Isle of Arran Distillers] had just turned 70. It takes some feat to be starting a brand-new single malt distillery back in the ’90s when the industry was in something of a recession, and at the age of 70.
‘He had such a twinkle in his eye, even as he was getting more infirm in later years. He’d come to the distillery in a wheelchair and was always cracking a joke with the younger members of the team. He was just a real character, and enjoyed a dram.
‘His funeral was a sad occasion, but really marked somebody who’d absolutely made their time on Earth, so it was a happy occasion as well. A life well-lived for sure.
‘Harold knew about our plan to build a second distillery on Arran before he died and, in typical Harold style, he said: “You’re absolutely crazy”. He had quite a hard time getting the planning through for the original distillery as there was some local opposition, but that all melted away as the years went by.

Lagg distillery: Arran’s second distillery will be dedicated to exploring the effect of peat on whisky flavour
‘Phase one was to build three new warehouses because we’re getting short of space at Lochranza. In the last few weeks, groundwork has started on phase two, which is the distillery and visitor centre itself at Lagg.
‘The plan is to be handed the keys at the end of next year, commission the stills early 2019, and open the doors to visitors at Easter 2019.
‘At the moment the vast majority of production at Lochranza is unpeated – that’s the classic Arran malt style – but we do make a small amount of peated every year [called Machrie Moor]. When Lagg distillery opens, 100% of the peated production will move down there.
‘Lagg single malt itself will be a heavily-peated style. We want to explore peat from different places, and how that impacts on flavour and how it matures and develops over the years.
‘When you talk about peated malt, people always ask: “What ppm is it?” and you tell them and that’s the end of the discussion. But we think that there’s a lot more knowledge out there to be tapped into about the impact of peat itself.
‘PPM [phenol parts per million] is a useful guide for people, but in the future it will be used in the same way we used to talk about the regionality of malts, splitting them up into Highland, Lowland, Island, Campbeltown. But of course within these regions there’s a huge diversity of styles. To say a whisky’s peated is just the start of the discussion.
‘It’s a journey as much for ourselves as anyone else. We don’t make any bold claims to be experts on the subject; we just think the whole peated aspect is something that can be explored in much greater detail, rather than just as a ppm number. That’s too simplistic and there’s a lot more knowledge to be had.’

LAGG DISTILLERY
While Arran’s classic whisky style is unpeated, the distillery at Lochranza distils a small amount of peated malt every year for its Machrie Moor expression. In opening Lagg distillery on the south side of the island, Isle of Arran Distillers will shift all production of peated whisky to its new site, a distillery that will be dedicated to the exploration of peat.
Lagg single malt itself will be a heavily peated style, made using barley with a phenol content of 50ppm. While all barley will be malted on the mainland, the peat used to dry the barley will be sourced from all across Scotland, perhaps even the world, as Lagg explores the impact of peat terroir on whisky flavour.
Experimentation won’t stop there – Lagg will work with various yeast strains and barley varieties as it ‘plays around’ with different aspects of the production process. Despite its focus on innovation, Lagg will be a sizeable operation, capable of producing 500,000 litres of spirit each year.
With 140 apple trees already planted on the surrounding estate, Lagg will also produce its own cider and apple brandy, rather than follow the rest of the ‘craft’ Scottish distilling movement and produce gin.
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Before Arran distillery commenced production in 1995, there hadn’t been a legal distillery on the Hebridean island since 1837. While Isle of Arran Distillers’ first distillery came to life toward the end of a downturn for the Scotch industry, its second is being realised in a boom period.
In 2017, some 22 years after Arran distillery opened at Lochranza on the north side of the island, groundwork began at Lagg in the south.
Phase one saw the immediate build of three new warehouses to provide maturation facilities for both distilleries, while construction of the new site began in November 2017.
Isle of Arran Distillers expects Lagg distillery to be operational in early 2019, and open to visitors by the spring.

BRODICK BAY BEGINS NEW ISLE OF ARRAN SERIES
July 2018
Isle of Arran distillery is releasing a Sherried single malt called Brodick Bay as part of its new limited edition Explorers Series, which pays homage to the island's natural charms.
Brodick bay whisky from Isle of Arran Distillers' Explorers series
Capturing beauty: Brodick Bay is the first in a new limited series from Isle of Arran Distillers
A 20-year-old single malt, Brodick Bay has been matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and ex-Sherry hogsheads before being finished in oloroso Sherry butts from Bodegas Tradición in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
Bottled at a cask strength of 49.8% abv, the whisky is said to contain notes of ‘creamy toffee’ and ‘treacle-laced fudge’, resulting in ‘a memorable sweetness with rich layers of intense fruit’.
Brodick Bay is named for the picturesque bay on Arran’s east coast, located around 12 miles from the Isle of Arran distillery at Lochranza, and overlooked by Arran’s tallest mountain, Goatfell.
Isle of Arran's managing director Euan Mitchell said the Explorers Series will be a range of single malts from the distillery that celebrate the island’s natural beauty.
‘This first release is a very complex and multi-layered whisky, which was a conscious choice to reflect the diversity and charm of the island,’ said Mitchell.
‘Seeing the natural beauty of this island every day is so inspiring. It felt like the obvious choice to pay homage to the picturesque scenery through our new limited edition series.’
Brodick Bay will be available to buy from 10 July from the distillery’s visitor centre and website for £130, with sales restricted to two bottles for each customer.
The Explorers Series replaces the distillery’s Smugglers Series, Isle of Arran’s now discontinued limited range which celebrated the island’s illicit whisky history.

ARRAN MALT MARKS DISTILLER ANNIVERSARY
07 September 2017
A new limited edition single malt from the Isle of Arran Distillery celebrates master distiller James MacTaggart’s 10th anniversary in the job – and his 40 years in the Scotch whisky industry.
Landmark bottle: The single malt celebrates James MacTaggart’s first decade at Arran
Arran James MacTaggart Anniversary Single Malt marks MacTaggart’s first full decade as the Lochranza distillery’s master distiller.
Described as ‘fresh and vibrant’, the whisky has been blended from first-fill Bourbon barrels filled during MacTaggart’s first few months in the job during 2007.
‘The last 10 years have been very special for the distillery,’ said MacTaggart, who began his career at Bowmore distillery on Islay in the 1970s. ‘We’ve released our oldest age statements, including the 18 Year Old which was a real coming of age for Arran.
‘One of the great pleasures of my job is crafting unique bottlings inspired by the island and its history – a history that I’m proud to be part of.’
Euan Mitchell, managing director of Isle of Arran Distillers, added: ‘James is a man dedicated to traditional whisky making, but with an eye to the sensibilities of the modern whisky drinker.
‘He’s been instrumental in establishing the quality reputation of the Arran Malt and opening Scotch up to a new generation of fans.
‘This bottling is a fantastic way to pay tribute to the influence James has had on the Arran Malt and to give the Arran community a chance to own a piece of distillery history.’
Non-chill-filtered, bottled at its natural cask strength of 54.2% abv and without artificial colouring, the whisky will be available from early October from arranwhisky.com, from the distillery shop at Lochranza and from specialist whisky retailers worldwide, priced at £64.99 a bottle.

ARRAN RELEASES SECOND SMUGGLERS’ SERIES MALT
October 2016
Isle of Arran Distillers has released the second expression in its Smugglers’ Series of single malts, designed to celebrate Arran’s whisky-making heritage.
Nod to history: The new expression aims to celebrate Arran’s illicit whisky-making past
Smugglers’ Series Vol 2 ‘The High Seas’ is a no-age-statement marriage of rum cask-matured whisky with peated spirit and malt matured in first-fill Bourbon barrels.
Designed to honour the history of Arran’s illicit whisky trade up the Clyde to Glasgow, the packaging mimics a hardbound book with a cut-out compartment concealing the bottle – a tribute to the hiding-places traditionally used to smuggle whisky in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The use of rum casks is designed to serve as recognition of Arran’s historic importance in the trade of diverse black-market liquor, the distillery said.
‘Smugglers’ Vol 1 “The Illicit Stills” was a tremendous success, selling out within days,’ said James MacTaggart, Isle of Arran distillery master distiller.
‘As the first legal distillery on the island in over 160 years, we draw a great deal of inspiration from Arran’s whisky-making heritage.’
Isle of Arran Smugglers’ Series Vol 2 ‘The High Seas’ is bottled at its natural cask strength of 55.4% abv, with only 8,700 bottles available worldwide from whisky retailers and arranwhisky.com, priced at £86.99 (UK RSP).

ARRAN TO LAUNCH LAST SMUGGLERS’ SERIES MALT
July 2017
The Isle of Arran distillery is set to release the last of its three Smugglers’ Series single malts tomorrow morning (12 July).
Arran Smugglers' Series The Exciseman
Third instalment: The Exciseman is the last of the Smugglers’ Series single malts
The Exciseman, a no age statement (NAS) single malt, follows The Illicit Stills and The High Seas in the series, all presented in packaging that resembles a hardback book with a cut-out compartment hiding the bottle.
The trilogy aims to honour ‘the exuberant character of those striving to outwit the Government’s representatives in the pursuit of the production of the famed “Arran Waters”’.
The Exciseman uses whisky matured in ex-Madeira casks – similar, the distillery said, to those used by Arran’s illicit distillers. Quarter casks are also employed as these smaller casks would have been easier to transport by the smugglers.
Isle of Arran Smugglers’ Series Vol 3 ‘The Exciseman’ is bottled at its natural cask strength of 56.8% abv, non-chill filtered and without artificial colouring.
Priced in the UK at £89.99 each, 8,700 bottles will be released worldwide, and will be available online from 11am on Wednesday, 12 July from arranwhisky.com and specialist retailers.

HAROLD CURRIE, ISLE OF ARRAN
October 2018 by Neil Wilson
Harold ‘Hal’ Currie (1924-2016) enjoyed a successful career in spirits, but it was only after his retirement that he saw his biggest achievement – the revival of whisky distilling on Arran for the first time in over 150 years. Neil Wilson tells his story.
Harold Currie of Isle of Arran distillers raising a glass
Whisky saviour: Harold Currie was responsible for reviving Arran’s distilling heritage
A career spent in the wine and spirits trade prepared Harold Currie for his greatest achievement – bringing distilling back to the Isle of Arran after more than 150 years. When he passed away in March 2016 the whisky industry lost one of its greatest gentlemen. ‘Hal’ had had a very full life and was even still dealing with a Malaysian customer a few months before he died, aged 91.
Currie saw active service in the Second World War and took part in the infamous tank battle at Villers-Bocage in Normandy just after the D-Day landings. He was lucky to survive and he went on to Berlin where he went into partnership with a German leatherworker producing handbags for troops to take home to wives and girlfriends – an early entrepreneurial trait that was to serve him well in later life. His wartime contribution was eventually recognised in October 2015 when he received the Légion d’Honneur.
After the war, Currie joined the Liverpool and Bristol wine and spirit merchant Rigby & Evans before moving to Seagram UK in 1960 and then Chivas Brothers as managing director, based in Paisley, in the 1970s. He then went on to head the UK operations of Pernod Ricard soon after its creation and was responsible for the expansion of the House of Campbell brand.
As well as whisky, Currie had a great passion for football and spent many years as a referee, even managing to have the FA arrange for him to referee fixtures while on business abroad. He was then invited to join the board of his ‘local’ club, St Mirren FC in Paisley, in the early ‘70s. The team was then struggling in the second division and he agreed to become chairman before promptly deciding to recruit a young manager called Alex Ferguson, who was making a big impression at the helm at East Stirlingshire. Ferguson was eventually convinced to take on the St Mirren job by Jock Stein, and from 1974-78 he created a thrilling young team which won the Scottish Cup in 1977 with a squad that had an average age of just 19. The rest, as they say, is history.
Retirement followed for Currie in 1982, but he was retained as a consultant by Pernod Ricard before calling it a day in early 1990. It was after a chance remark from his architect friend, David Hutchison, over dinner at Currie’s Ayrshire home in 1991, that he began to seriously consider the prospect of establishing a distillery on Arran, where Hutchison had a home and good connections.
Arran’s reputation for producing excellent whisky, both bootleg and legal, ended in 1837 when Lagg distillery closed in the south of the island. Clearly if a good water source, available land, adequate funding and approved planning could be brought together, then there was a fighting chance a distillery could be built in the area.
A series of visits to Arran followed, where David introduced Currie to local contacts such as Jim Lees in the village of Sannox, who was able to make introductions to other parties that Currie needed to court. One such was Charles Fforde, one of the major landowners on Arran. Fforde had a parcel of grazing land at the entrance to Lochranza which, after positive analysis of the water in the adjacent Easan Biorach, he sold to the newly formed Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd, formed by Currie and David Hutchison in November 1991.
Once Hutchison had created the proposed plans for the distillery, the normal submissions were made and approval sought. It was not easy or straightforward, and when Currie and his son Andrew attended a public meeting at Lochranza in November 1992 along with Hutchison, the mood at the start was not positive, largely due to a number of vocal objectors, most of them retirees from the mainland. Gradually, as the meeting progressed the mood changed, until a groundswell of support carried the evening. Currie was delighted but it had been a close call.
Finance was raised in the form of a Bondholder scheme, which gave the subscribers (a Bond cost £450) the option to purchase whisky in the future at favourable rates, duty paid. With Currie’s sons Paul and Andrew working on the scheme, Hutchison finalised the distillery plans while Currie courted his contacts in the whisky trade and met with potential investors as he went about promoting the scheme.
Scottish Natural Heritage objected to the plans on an almost continual basis until Secretary of State Ian Lang finally gave approval in May 1993. By November the following year, through the efforts of Currie’s financier friend Ross Peters, a total of £861,000 was raised from private investors which, along with £200,000 from the principals and £640,000 from the Bonds, meant that the project was sufficiently capitalised and the first sod on the site at Lochranza was cut on 16 December 1994.
Following delays in construction due to nesting eagles in the hills behind the distillery, April 1995 saw the delivery of the distilling plant and initial trial runs were commenced on 24 June with the first mashing. Currie had hired Gordon Mitchell from Cooley distillery in Dundalk, Ireland who oversaw these trials in the company of Bob Gibson and Ewen Fraser of consultant engineer, Forbes Leslie Network.
On 29 June the first whisky produced at the distillery was diverted into the spirit receiver and the first cask was filled the next week. ‘Arran Water’ had returned to the island after a 158-year absence. For Currie, this was his crowning achievement as a Scotch whisky elder statesman, and on 17 August he addressed a large gathering at the distillery to mark the event. A pair of eagles also joined in above the distillery and it is claimed that each anniversary they come back again.
But for Currie, the start was also the beginning of the end of family involvement at Lochranza, as the finance underpinning the development of the distillery gradually was whittled away while strenuous efforts to build the brand were challenging. With the support of major investors the distillery did survive and an award-winning visitor centre was built in 1997, which is now one of the most visited in Scotland.
Trading losses were to continue for many years and in June 1999 Currie resigned as a director, followed by his son Andrew in September. The grim reality of setting up a distillery and waiting for stock to mature had taken its toll and from that point onwards Currie and his family could only look on, as the majority shareholders on the board determined how Isle of Arran Distillers should evolve. Over the ensuing years that involved share issues to raise further capital.
Finally in August 2003, Paul Currie resigned from the board and sold his remaining shares to Les Auchincloss who had become the largest shareholder. Currie however, along with Hutchison, never sold their remaining shareholdings and so a link remained, however tenuous.
Currie did however see the launch of Arran’s 10-year-old single malt, when the company received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, as under managing director Douglas Davidson, much work had been done establishing Arran’s presence in overseas markets.
In 2007 Arran had been named ‘Distillery of the Year’ in the inaugural Whisky Magazine World Whiskies Awards, but a level of consistent profitable performance was still some way off. However in 2008 James MacTaggart arrived from Bowmore as distillery manager and Euan Mitchell became MD. From this point onwards Currie felt a sense of relief as his brainchild became more focused and the core range was planned by Mitchell and overseen by MacTaggart.
Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd finally prospered and move into profit in 2010, but Currie’s health began to fail and he spent his final years wheelchair-bound and being cared for by his wife Barbara, sons Andrew and Paul, and visiting nurses. But his mind was ever sharp, and he continued doing the odd bit of business into his latter years.
Unfortunately Currie never made it to the 21st anniversary celebrations of his distillery, as he died just months earlier, on 15 March, only days before the company announced the creation of a second distillery at Lagg.


ARRAN MALT MARKS LEITH HERITAGE
ovember 2018
Isle of Arran has partnered with Royal Mile Whiskies and new Edinburgh bar Nauticus on a limited edition malt celebrating Leith’s history.

Arran Red Wine Cask Matured bottled for Nauticus in Leith
Commemorating Leith: The 10-year-old Arran malt has been bottled to mark the district’s heritage
The 10-year-old Isle of Arran Tuscan Wine Casks edition has been fully matured in French oak casks that previously held Sassicaia red wine.

Just three casks were filled in 2008, resulting in a small batch of just 900 bottles which are available for sale exclusively from Edinburgh retailer Royal Mile Whiskies, and by the dram at Scottish-themed bar Nauticus in Leith.

Described as ‘profound and fruity with black forest gateau, cherry, dark chocolate and sticky dates’, the 58.5% abv whisky can be purchased for £64.95.

Arthur Motley of Royal Mile Whiskies, said: ‘When talking about the project with the team at Nauticus, we began by looking for a high quality whisky matured exclusively in wine casks as we knew this is exactly what Leith merchants would have done centuries ago.

‘We are all big fans of the Arran single malt so it was great news to find they had some very special stock available.’

Nauticus is the newest addition to Leith’s bar scene, launched on Duke Street in August by renowned bartenders Iain McPherson – also co-owner of Edinburgh bars Panda & Sons and Hoot The Redeemer – and Kyle Jamieson, formerly of Bon Vivant, Devil’s Advocate and Panda and Sons.


ARRAN ADDS 21 YEAR OLD TO CORE RANGE
December 2018
Isle of Arran distillery has launched a 21-year-old expression as the latest – and oldest – addition to its core range.

Arran 21-year-old whisky with presentation box
Small batch: Arran will release its 21-year-old edition in batches of 9,000 bottles
The 21-year-old is said to be ‘rich and sweet with initial flavours of dark chocolate’ before providing notes of ‘soft spices and figs’ on the finish.

The whisky is matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks, and bottled at 46% abv.

James MacTaggart, master distiller at Isle of Arran Distillers, said: ‘We’re extremely proud to have produced a dram that showcases our traditional Arran style, while the extended maturation process adds an extra elegance and complexity.

‘This whisky is truly stunning. The nose immediately reveals delicious sweet Sherry notes whilst the palate has elegance and finesse.’

Priced at around £115, only 9,000 bottles of the 21-year-old will be available worldwide as a ‘finite batch’, with the next batch due to be released in autumn/winter 2019.

MacTaggart said: ‘It’s an immensely exciting time for the company and the island, with the release of this 21-year-old bottle and looking forward to the completion of the new Lagg distillery.’

Isle of Arran Distillers’ Lagg distillery is its second site on the island, and is expected to open its doors in 2019.
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