The serene Isle of Arran is home to one of Scotland’s newest distilleries, Isle of Arran. Arran is now the only distillery on the island, but in the 19th century it was home to over 50 distilleries.
The men behind Arran have built a distillery that focuses on quality, not quantity – and this shines through in their whiskies. Washbacks made of Oregon pine instead of stainless steel; small, long-necked stills and a slow distillation process ensure a pure and aromatic spirit. Maturation is in ex-bourbon and sherry casks, and the whisky is bottled at 46% without any colouration or chill-filtration, to ensure a natural and fully flavoured dram. The Whisky Bible rates the 10yo very highly – 93/100 points!
Arran was awarded Distiller of the year in 2007 by Whisky Magazine, and received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s highest business honour.