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 annual festival bottling from Arran, for sale only on the day from the Visitor Centre. At their 2014 Distillery Open Day a masterclass was held to select the cask which would become the 2015. This is the result.
This bottle has been signed by Euan Mitchell and James MacTaggart and was kindly donated by Andy Bell and Lucie Stroesser from Arran.
Age: 9 Years Old
Cask Type: French Oak Barrique
Cask Number: 22
59% ABV / 70cl
Bottle number: 383 / 386
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