If you’re new to the Isle of Arran, then you’d probably expect some peat due to the “Isle” in the distillery name, only to discover none of that.
Instead, you’re getting a treasure trove of smooth fruity notes. For the medium-bodied 10-year-old, it’s grass and specifically citrus fruits, bottled splendidly at 46% ABV without chill-filtering.
Behind the Arran distillery was a man named Harold Currie, previously the senior director at Chivas. He was a fan of the island and thought he could make better whisky, which he did. He saved up, attracted investors, and started building the distillery in 1994. As the story goes, two golden eagles built a nest on site. Construction work came to a halt until the eaglets grew up. Following that, the Arran distillery flew high with a neat range of Single Malts, limited editions, special blends, and Scottish cream liqueur.