Situated in the Firth of Clyde, the island of Arran was once a hotbed of illicit distillation and smuggling. Eventually though the dreaded Excise men got the best of Arran's renegade stillmen, and the island was without a working distillery from 1837. That all changed in 1995 when the Arran distillery at Lochranza started production.
Although it is a relative youngster, Arran's investment in quality casks has paid dividends, and its popularity continues to soar like the Golden Eagles that nest nearby. This quick success, combined with high visitor numbers at the Lochranza distillery, have enabled the company to construct another distillery at Lagg, on the south of the island, that will focus on creating peated whisky.
The second batch of the Arran Malt 12 Year old Cask Strength enjoyed a maturation in Sherry casks (17 of them first-fill Sherry Butts and 4 second-fill Sherry Hogsheads) enhancing the classic Isle of Arran distillery style of sweet fruity single malt whisky with a oak spice spark at the centre.
Bottled: September 2012
Age: 12 years old
53.6% ABV / 70cl
Bottle Number: One of only 13200 bottles released
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