Tasting at Isle of Arran Distillery.

This evening, I am focusing on one of Scotland’s youngest distilleries, namely the Isle of Arran at Lochranza which is located on the north of  the island, about fourteen miles from Brodick.

Isle of Arran Distillery, Lochranza

Historically, Isle of Arran had a strong tradition in whisky making but this ended in 1837 although illicit distilling was still active until the 1860s.

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.

Video clip of production facility.

The new distillery has proved a success and has attracted new investment consequent on which:

  • Capacity has increased to 1.2m litres per annum :
  • There are now four stills in total – and a new blending room.
  • A second distillery is under construction 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, Robert Burns Malt, 18-year-old and Lochranza Reserve.There is a peated version sold under the Machrie Moor brand.

Distillery tours are available and there is a restaurant on site.

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