Arran celebrates 15th Anniversary with special whiskyJune 23rd, 2010
It seems like just yesterday we ran a feature on the Arran distillery shortly after they began distilling. Fifteen years is something to celebrate. Congratulations!
Press release is below. (Pretty cool bottle. too!)
ISLE OF ARRAN WHISKY CELEBRATES WITH SPECIAL BOTTLING
June 29th will mark the 15thAnniversary of award-winning single malt Scotch whisky producer the Isle of Arran Distillery.
To mark the occasion, the distillery is to release a commemorative bottling – a 1999 vintage which has been finished for two years in Amontillado Sherry casks. This has given the Arran Malt a rich nutty character with a complex sweet-spicy finish.
Arran’s Master Distiller, James MacTaggart said: “The quality of these casks from the famous house of Valdespino is second to none and we are delighted with the end result –this is the perfect whisky for toasting our 15th anniversary.
“Bottled at natural cask strength of 54.6% and limited to 5,640 bottles worldwide, demand for this release is sure to outstrip supply.”
No artificial colouring has been added and the whisky has not been subjected to chill-filtration at the bottling stage resulting in a more complex and full-bodied character.
Pale gold in colour, it has an intriguing aroma of hazelnuts, cloves and Parma-violets. This gives it a crisp, briny and lingering spice with a citrus note on the finish.
The whisky has been packaged in a striking design with the wings of a golden-eagle, the symbol of the Isle of Arran Distillery, emblazoned on both the bottle and the bold orange gift box.
Managing Director Euan Mitchell said: “We have come so far in 15 years that it was only fitting we mark the occasion with such a unique bottling of The Arran Malt.
“With this release we mark the past and look forward to great things in the future.”
The 15th Anniversary bottling will be available in 15 markets around the world including the UK, USA, France, Germany, Japan and Taiwan
In the UK, the 15th Anniversary will have a recommended retail price of £55.00 available from leading independent whisky retailers.
The Isle of Arran Distillery will be opening its doors on the 3rdof July and hosting a series of masterclasses finishing the day with a traditional Scottish ‘ceilidh’ with music by the renowned Skerryvore.
The distillery also recently announced it is to double production to meet rising demand following positive results for 2009.