Isle of Arran Distillery reveals limited edition bottle

The Isle of Arran Distillery’s master distiller has created a unique limited edition bottle that marks his 10th anniversary with the producer and a total of 40 years in the Scotch whisky industry.

James MacTaggart has released a “fresh and vibrant” expression of The Arran Malt, which he carefully blended from a selection of first fill Bourbon Barrels from his first months of production in 2007.

The whisky is described as having a fresh nose with notes of salt combined with lemon oil, “pairing the coast of of Lochranza with the iconic citrus notes of the Arran Malt”.

On the palate there is an immediate warmth of white pepper, according to the distiller, and this softens as boiled sweets and apple pastries start to show. The lengthy finish sweetens further to candy floss as it “fades away with the freshness of a well-made whisky-sour cocktail”.

MacTaggart said: “The last ten years have been very special for the distillery. We have released our oldest age statements, including the 18 Year-Old, which was a real coming of age for Arran.

“One of the great pleasures of my job is crafting unique bottlines inspired by the island and its history – a history that I’m proud to be part of.”

Euan Mitchell, managing director of Isle of Arran Distillers, added: “James is a man dedicated to traditional whisky making, but with an eye to the sensibilities of the modern whisky drinker, he’s been instrumental in establishing the quality reputation of the Arran Malt and opening scotch up to a new generation of fans.

“This bottling is a fantastic way to pay tribute to the influence James has had on the Arran Malt and to give the Arran community a chance to own a piece of distillery history.

“We hope people will join us in raising a dram to a great man and a fantastic Master Distiller.”

The James MacTaggart Anniversary Single Malt is bottled at Natural Cask Strength 54.2% abv and it is non chill filtered with no artificial colouring. It is a limited edition release of 12,000 bottles worldwide, available from early October and priced at £64.99.

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