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

ARRAN   geen leeftijd vermelding 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   geen leeftijd vermelding 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   geen leeftijd vermelding  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   geen leeftijd vermelding 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   geen leeftijd vermelding 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

THE ARRAN MALT   geen leeftijd vermelding 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

THE ARRAN MALT        geen leeftijd vermelding 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

THE ARRAN MALT        geen leeftijd vermelding 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

THE ARRAN MALT     geen leeftijd vermelding 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

THE ARRAN MALT     geen leeftijd vermelding 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     geen leeftijd vermelding 59,9 %    INFO   
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

THE ARRAN MALT     geen leeftijd vermelding 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

THE ARRAN MALT     geen leeftijd vermelding 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    geen leeftijd vermelding 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

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
18 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. .

Euan Mitchell Isle of Arran Distillers
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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REGION
Islands
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt
DISTILLERY STATUS
Under construction
LAGG HISTORY
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.  
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