Isle of Arran Single Malts

Isle of Arran Single Malts.

This evening, I am focusing on one of Scotland’s youngest distilleries, namely the Isle of Arran at Lochranza. Historically, Arran had a strong tradition in whisky making but this ended in 1837 although illicit distilling was still active until the 1860s. (Lochranza is about fourteen miles north of Brodick, Arran’s principal town. Arran is an island of Scotland’s S.W.coast with access entailing a one hour ferry trip from Ardrossan.)

The inspiration behind the new distillery was the late Harold Currie who had spent a lifetime in the industry. Production began in 1995 and the first whisky produced in 1998.

Current capacity is 750,000 litres per annum but expansion is in process:

  • Increased capacity is afoot at Lochranza, including the installation of two new pot stills – bringing it to four in total – and a new blending room.
  • There are plans to build a second distillery at Lagg in the south of Arran.The new site will give Isle of Arran greater space for both storage and production, as well as room for a new visitors’ centre. The new distillery will also be used to meet all of the company’s peated spirit requirement.

The core product range consists of 10 year, 12 year cask strength, 14 years old and Lochranza Reserve.

Distillery tours are available.

Tour Guide describing basic ingredients of whisky making.

Tour Guide describing basic ingredients of whisky making.

Stills at Isle of Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Arran.

Stills at Isle of Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Arran.

Distillery buildings at Isle of Arran Distillery.

Distillery buildings at Isle of Arran Distillery.

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