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Arran

Isle of Arran Distillery

Region: Highlands (Island), Scotland.

Founded: 1995

Status: Operational

Owner: Isle of Arran Distillers

Water source: Loch na Davie

Ouput: 0.75 million litres alcohol per annum

History:

Arran distillery is a whisky distillery in Lochranza, Scotland, the only distillery on the Isle of Arran. In 1994 Arran Distillers was founded by Harold Currie, former director of Chivas with the intention of building a distillery on Arran.[1] During the construction of the distillery, a pair of Golden Eagles built their nest on a cliff near the distillery; since Golden Eagles are a protected species, construction of the distillery was temporarily halted. The distillery opened in 1995.

There used to be about fifty distilleries on the island, but most of them were “moonlight” or illegal distilleries.[citation needed] The most recent legally founded distillery on Arran, called ‘Lagg’, closed in 1837.[1]

Until recently a proportion of the casks were stored in the warehouses of Springbank, due to a lack of room in the distillery, and the legal impossibility of extending the current warehouses at the Arran distillery. However, the distillery now has a revolutionary storage warehouse, on site, that allows easier access to barrels. The distillery offers a cask purchase scheme which offers private individuals the opportunity to own their own cask of whisky, which can be stored on site at the distillery.

The Arran Distillery is a patron of the World Burns Federation and as such has created a Robert Burns Single Malt and Robert Burns Blended Whisky in honour of Scotland’s National Poet. They are the only whisky distillery to be able to use the image and signature of Robert Burns on their packaging.

The whisky of Arran is mostly used to produce their Single Malt Whisky, but a small proportion also goes into the production of their range of blended whiskies : Lochranza Blend, Robert Burns Blend and Arran Gold Single Malt Whisky Cream Liqueur.

The Arran Distillery is now owned by a group of private shareholders and the Managing Director is Euan Mitchell. 2010 saw the release of a 15th Anniversary bottling on the occasion of the Distillery Open Day on 3 July. Autumn 2010 also saw the release of the first official 14-year-old to be released by the Distillery. The first peated Arran Single Malt (called Machrie Moor) has been available since December 8, 2010.

External Views

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Mash tun: Copper-topped stainless steel

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Washbacks:

6 x Wooden washbacks capacity 15,000 litres

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Stills:

1x Wash Still capacity 7,100 litres

1x Spirit Still capacity 4,300 litres

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Internal views

Brewing Tanks x2 and Underback

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Grist Bin capacity 2 tonnes

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Spirits Receivers

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Spirit Safe

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Arran Whisky Reviews:

  • arran-tgws-50th Arran 10 Years Old 2004 Sherry Hogshead 2004/017 ~ 53.5% (The Green Welly Stop 50th) - Review: Arran – The Green Welly Stop 50th Anniversary Release 2 Category: Island single malt scotch whisky Origin: Arran Distillery Bottling: The Green Welly Stop; 50th anniversary #2 ABV: 53.5% Cost: £54.95 from The Green Welly Stop [sold out] What they say: 2015 marks The Green Welly Stop at 50 Years of Age. Back in […]
  • Arran10yo Arran 10 Years Old ~ 46% (Isle of Arran) - Arran 10 year old single malt scotch whisky Isle of Arran Distillers 46% ABV, £31.90 from Master of Malt Score: 84/100 What they say: The classic expression of Arran – our fresh and unique island style is captured beautifully in our 10 Year Old Single Malt. First released in 2006, this is the flagship Single […]
  • arran-12-year-old-cask-strength-batch-5-whisky Arran 12 Years Old Cask Strength Batch 5 ~ 52.9% (Isle of Arran) - Review: Arran 12 year old cask strength single malt scotch whisky Arran Distillery – Isle of Arran Distillers 52.9% ABV £45.53 from Master of Malt Score 85/100 Arran 12 Year Old Cask Strength – Batch 5 What they say: The Arran Malt 12 Years Old Cask Strength our Master Distiller James MacTaggart has selected a […]
  • arran-13-year-old-2001-glasgows-whisky-club Arran 13 Years Old 2001 Private Cask ~ 54.7% (Glasgow’s Whisky Club) - Review: Arran 13 Years Old Glasgow’s Whisky Club Private Cask Category: Island single malt scotch whisky Origin: Arran Distillery Bottling: Isle of Arran Distillers bottling for Glasgow’s Whisky Club ABV: 54.7% Cost: ~£80 at auction What they say: The Arran Malt 13 Years old 2001 Distilled 28.05.2001 and bottled 06.01.2014 at 54,7%, from a single […]
  • Scotch Malt Whisky Society Arran 14 Years Old 1999 121.65 A well-oiled Baseball glove ~ 58.3% (SMWS) - Arran 14 Years Old 1999 – 121.65 A well-oiled Baseball glove (SMWS) 58.3% ABV, outturn 756 bottles, £46 for 70cl (Arran) Score: 70/100 What they say: Cask No. 121.65 There is right at the start a musty note of fermenting grapes which is soon replaced by sweet aromas of fudge, molasses, caramelised Demerara sugar and […]
  • Scotch Malt Whisky Society Arran 14 Years Old 1999 121.74 A box of Chocs ~ 55.7% (SMWS) - Arran 14 Years Old 1999 – 121.74 A box of Chocs Island single malt scotch whisky 55.7% ABV, £48.10 buy from SMWS Score: 85/100   What they say: Cask No. 121.74   Sweet caramel on the nose – Tunnock’s Caramel Wafers to be exact – then Newberry Fruits (sugar-covered fruit jellies with runny centres), then a host […]
  • arran-14-year-old-whisky Arran 14 Years Old ~ 46% (Isle of Arran) - Review: Arran 14 year old single malt scotch whisky Arran Distillery – Isle of Arran Distillers 46% ABV £40.99 from Master of Malt Score: 86/100 What they say: The Arran 14 year-old is an immensely popular part of our core range of Single Malt. It is a perfectly balanced marriage of both first fill Sherry and […]
  • Arran 16 Years Old 1997 Cask#2 Marsala Finish ~ 46% (Berry Bros. & Rudd) - Arran 16 Years Old 1997 Cask#2 Marsala Finish ~ 46% (Berry Bros. & Rudd) 46% ABV, £63.95 available from The Whisky Exchange Score: 75/100 What they say: A 1997 vintage whisky from Arran, bottled by veteran spirits experts Berry Brothers and Rudd. This was bottled in 2013 at 16 years of age, having spent an […]
  • Arran 17 Year Old Whiskybroker Arran 17 Years Old 1996 Cask 1482 ~ 54% (Whiskybroker) - Review: Arran 17 year old single malt scotch whisky Arran Distillery via Whiskybroker, Cask 1482 refill hogshead 54% ABV £40.66 from Whiskybroker Score: 85/100   What they say: Distilled at the Isle of Arran distillery on 4th October 1996, this has been matured for a full 17 years in a refill hogshead #1482 before bottling […]
  • Arran 18 Year Old Single Cask Wm Cadenheads Arran 18 Years Old 1996 – Single Cask ~ 50.9% (Cadenhead’s) - Review: Arran 18 year old single malt scotch whisky Arran Distillery via Wm Cadenhead 50.9% ABV £87.59 from Wm Cadenhead Score: 86/100 What they say: Distilled at Arran Distillery in 1996, this spent a full 18 years maturing in a single Bourbon Hogshead before bottling at cask strength of 50.9% ABV and producing 192 bottles at […]
  • Arran 18yo WhB-RHH1023 Arran 18 Years Old 1996 Cask RHH1023 ~ 53.2% (Whiskybroker) - Review: Arran 18 year old single malt scotch whisky Arran Distillery via Whiskybroker, Cask RHH1023 53.2% ABV £46 for 70cl from Whiskybroker Score: 88/100 What they say: 18yo Arran, 70cl, 53.2% Single Malt Scotch Whisky bottled by whiskybroker.co.uk. This whisky, distilled on 12th August 1996 at Arran Distillery, has been matured in an oak hogshead […]
  • Arran 18yo O884 WhB Arran 18 Years Old 1996 Oloroso Cask Finish ~ 49.3% (Whiskybroker) - Review: Arran 18 year old single malt scotch whisky Arran Distillery via Whiskybroker, Finished in Oloroso octave cask 884 49.3 % ABV £44.40 for 70cl from Whiskybroker Score: 88/100 What they say: A single cask bottling of Arran malt whisky from Whiskybroker Limited. Distilled on the 5th August 1996 filled into a hogshead cask and finished […]
  • arran-18-year-old-whisky Arran 18 Years Old 1st Release ~ 46% (Isle of Arran) - Review: Arran 18 year old single malt scotch whisky Arran distillery – Isle of Arran Distillers 46% ABV £75.79 for 70cl from Master of Malt What they say: We are delighted to present our first ever official Arran 18 year-old – the one that everyone has been waiting for! This limited edition is the introduction of […]
  • Arran 18yo PX884 Arran 18 Years Old Pedro Ximenez Cask Finish ~ 55.3% (Whiskybroker) - Review: Arran 18 year old single malt scotch whisky Arran Distillery via Whiskybroker, Finished in Pedro Ximenez (PX) cask 884 55.3% ABV £47.45 from Whiskybroker Score: 89/100 What they say: A single cask bottling of Arran malt whisky from Whiskybroker Limited. Distilled on the 5th August 1996 filled into a hogshead cask and finished in an oloroso […]
  • arran-18-year-old-whisky Arran 18 Years Old ~ 46% (Isle Of Arran) - Whisky Review: Arran 18 Years Old (Bottled 2016) Category: Island single malt scotch whisky Origin: Arran Distillery Bottling: Isle of Arran Distillers ABV: 46% Cost: £75.95 from Master of Malt What they say: The Arran 18 year-old is the oldest expression in our core range of single malts. The Arran 18 year-old is a wonderfully […]
  • arran-19-year-old-1996-a-rare-find-gleann-mor-whisky Arran 19 Years Old 1996 A Rare Find ~ 48.8% (Gleann Mór) - Review: Arran 19 Years Old 1996 A Rare Find Category: Island single malt scotch whisky Origin: Arran Distillery Bottling: Gleann Mór ABV: 48.8% Cost: £80 What they say: Rather well aged single malt Scotch whisky from the Arran distillery, bottled by Gleann Mór for the A Rare Find range. This was set aside to age […]
  • Arran Amarone Arran Amarone Cask Finish ~ 50% (Isle of Arran) - The Arran Malt Amarone Cask Finish (Official Bottling) 50% ABV, £38 for 70cl Score: 85/100 What they say: After initially maturing in traditional oak casks over a number of years The Arran Single Malt in this bottling was ‘finished’ in a selection of Amarone wine casks sourced from an artisan producer of this iconic Italian […]
  • arran-2015-festival-french-oak Arran Festival 2015 French Oak ~ 59% (Isle of Arran) - Review: Arran Festival 2015 French Oak Category: Island single malt scotch whisky Origin: Arran Distillery Bottling: Isle of Arran ABV: 59% Cost: £125 Distillery Exclusive [sold out] What they say: A limited bottling of Arran released for the Arran Malt and Music Festival 2015. A whisky specially chosen and bottled to celebrate the Arran Malt […]
  • Arran Lochranza Reserve ~ 43% (Isle of Arran) - Arran Lochranza Reserve single malt scotch whisky Isle of Arran Distillers 43% ABV, £34.95 from Master of Malt Score: 83/100 What they say: A citrus-y, light and elegant no-age-statement single malt Scotch whisky from the distillery on the Isle of Arran. The Lochranza Reserve replaced the Arran Original in mid-2014. The name comes from the […]
  • arran_circle_cask42_200 The Arran Circle Bottled 2007 Cask 42 ~ 46% (Arran) - Review: The Arran Circle Cask 42 Limited Edition Category: Island single malt scotch whisky Origin: Arran Distillery Bottling: The Arran Circle Cask 42 bottled 17/10/07 ABV: 46% Cost: ? What they say: Bottled 17/10/07, this is a single (bourbon?) cask of indeterminate age. This was from bottle 359 of 381 at outturn of 46% ABV. What […]
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