Rabbie's special birthday dram

17 October, 2008

Isle of Arran Distillers has released a limited -edition bottling of its single malt to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns.

Fifteen ex-sherry casks were selected from the 1998 distillation by distillery manager James MacTaggart to produce 6,000 bottles of Robert Burns 250th Anniversary Malt, 1,800 of which will be distributed in the UK through Malcolm Cowen (rrp £49.99).

Managing director Euan Mitchell said: "With 2009 set to be such a significant anniversary for Burns Night, there will be strong opportunities for retailers to up-sell on their normal blends and malts to whisky connoisseurs, collectors and those who enjoy celebrating Burns Night with a dram of something really special."

Arran claims to be the only whisky distiller allowed to use the name of the Scottish bard.

The 70cl bottle features the image and signature of Burns and comes in a gift box.




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