After five days of glorious sunshine during my visit to Islay in the summer of 2014, I hopped on the ferry headed to Arran. Hoping for more of the same weather whilst visiting ‘Scotland in miniature’, it did, however, proceed to pish it down for the next two days. So, every cloud and all that; I pretty much installed myself at the distillery and this is when I really discovered the Isle of Arran Distillery and its single malt range.
The Isle of Arran distillery was built in 1995 and the first, legal, dram of Arran whisky, in over 160 years, was poured three years later.
The distillery is located in Lochranza, in the north of the island. However, the same owners are making progress with the construction of another distillery, Lagg Distillery, in the south at Brodick. This distillery will be responsible for producing the Isle of Arran’s peated malts and is on track to produce spirit for the first time at the end of February 2019 with the Visitor Centre opening in the Spring.
Arran currently produce peated as well as unpeated whisky and have always been prepared to experiment with a number of cask finishes, with great success.
We are over the moon that Isle of Arran Distillers and the Indie Brands team will be returning to the Fife Whisky Festival on 9th March. With a number of expressions to choose from, including cognac as well as whisky, be sure to say hello to the team on the day and enjoy a dram or two from their extensive range.