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Euan Mitchell *Managing Director & Stewart Bowman
*Distillery Manager

Isle of Arran Distillers


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The Arran Distillery, located on the picturesque Isle of Arran in Scotland's Firth of Clyde, is a relatively new addition to the world of Scotch whisky, with production commencing in 1995. Despite its youth, the island has a deep-rooted history of illicit whisky-making, and the distillery's establishment marked a revival of this tradition. Founded by a consortium led by former Chivas Bros MD Harold Currie, the distillery chose Lochranza in the north of the island for its favorable water supply and tourism potential.

The distillery initially raised capital by selling casks of whisky to private individuals, though this practice was later discontinued to build the distillery's own stock. In 2017, the Lochranza distillery underwent an expansion, doubling its production capacity to 1.2 million liters per year. It also added facilities to accommodate its growing number of visitors. Arran's whisky character leans toward light cereal notes with a citrusy undertone.

Bottling began in 1998, and the range has since expanded to include various expressions, including a peated variant, formerly called 'Machrie Moor.' The name has since changed to reflect the company's new "Lagg" distillery, which is on the southern part of the island. Originally planned to be used for extra cask storage, the new distillery has taken over the peated malt production full time, while Lochranza continues their unpeated.

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