Arran

The Arran Distillery lies on the same named Island and is the only distillery there. Its first bottles where bottled in 2001 and are now sold worldwide.

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Information about the Distillery
271 Bottles
Scotland, Islands
-5.280175 55.699477
Active
Arran Distillers
1 x 7,100 l
Tall
1 x 4,300 l
Tall
1995
750,000 l
http://www.arranwhisky.com/
Average tasting notes Calculated from 353 Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Fruit:
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Oak:
Pear:
Honey:
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Alcohol:
Tropical Fruit:
Sherry:
Malt:
Peat Smoke:
Lemon:
Pineapple:
Chocolate:
Caramel:
Cinnamon:
Apple:
Dark Chocolate:
Peach:
Almonds:
Cherry:
Orange:
Floral:
Banana:
Raisin:
Heather:
Nuts:
Chili:
Wheat:
Grape:
Barley:
Melon:
Green Apple:
Seaweed:
Salt:
Hay:
Nutmeg:
Berries:
Dried Fruit:
Coffee:
Plum:
Pepper:
Kiwi:
Herbs:
Grass:
Medicinal Smoke:
Grapefruit:
Mint:
Tobacco:
Lime:
Hazelnut:
Cake:
Leather:
Iodine:
Blackberry:
Coconut:
Oil:
Bonfire Smoke:
Clove:
Anise:
Tasting
Fruit:
Sweet:
Oak:
Spices:
Vanilla:
Chocolate:
Malt:
Cinnamon:
Chili:
Oil:
Alcohol:
Honey:
Sherry:
Lemon:
Peat Smoke:
Pepper:
Nuts:
Cherry:
Dark Chocolate:
Orange:
Caramel:
Apple:
Salt:
Grape:
Dried Fruit:
Heather:
Ginger:
Pear:
Tropical Fruit:
Raisin:
Berries:
Grapefruit:
Almonds:
Herbs:
Coffee:
Plum:
Banana:
Floral:
Hazelnut:
Seaweed:
Leather:
Lime:
Cake:
Mint:
Blackberry:
Melon:
Nutmeg:
Pineapple:
Grass:
Hay:
Medicinal Smoke:
Coconut:
Date:
Tobacco:
Iodine:
Green Apple:
Wheat:
Bonfire Smoke:
Peach:
Clove:
Kiwi:
Finish
Spices:
Fruit:
Malt:
Oak:
Sweet:
Oil:
Chili:
Chocolate:
Pepper:
Sherry:
Peat Smoke:
Salt:
Dark Chocolate:
Cinnamon:
Alcohol:
Nuts:
Heather:
Vanilla:
Almonds:
Coffee:
Apple:
Pear:
Honey:
Herbs:
Grape:
Orange:
Wheat:
Banana:
Floral:
Hazelnut:
Ginger:
Cherry:
Tropical Fruit:
Berries:
Lemon:
Dried Fruit:
Barley:
Hay:
Leather:
Tobacco:
Medicinal Smoke:
Iodine:
Green Apple:
Blackberry:
Melon:
Caramel:
Nutmeg:
Seaweed:
Peach:
Grapefruit:
Anise:
Mint:
Details about the Distillery

The Whisky

Even though the Arran distillery is a very young distillery, it offers a very large range of whiskies. There is the 10 year old, the 12, the 14, the 16 and the Robert Burns edition. These are the standard bottlings and most of them are bottled at 46% ABV, because Arran doesn't chill filter its whiskies.

There is also a big range of wine cask finishes. These consist of Sherry, Sauternes, Amarone and port wine. There is also a special peated edition called Machrie Moor, a bourbon cask edition and a Sherry finish edition.

Besides that Arran has been offering a cream liqueur with 17% ABV since 2004.

The Production

The Arran distillery has two pot stills and an annual output of around 750,000 litres. Most of the output goes into the production of the single malt whisky. A small proportion goes into their own blended malt range.

View from the street
The production of the Arran Distillery.

The Pot Stills

The pot stills are very wide and round at the bottom. They have no reflux bowls or constricting pieces at the bottom of the neck. But the neck of the pot still is pretty long to allow the alcohol fumes to separate well.

The Arran Pot Still
The Arran Pot Still

The Malting

The malt at Arran is a carefully selected blend between the types Optic and Oxbridge. The distillery buys the malt and due to the short history it has never had any malting floors.

Brewing and Mashing
Brewing and Mashing

The Warehouse

Distillery.The warehouses of the distillery are full of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks to balance out the flavour profile. In addition, there are a lot of different wine casks in the warehouses to produce the many different cask finishes.

The warehouse
Inside the warehouse of the Arran distillery

History

Construction of the distillery began in 1994. It officially opened in June 1995. Two years later the queen herself visited the distillery and got two casks for her grandsons William and Harry.

The Visitor Centre

There is a nice visitor centre, and you can book three different kind of tours. The top tour includes a full tour through the distillery and a premium guided VIP tasting with six different Arran malts.

Chronological rating history

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