About The Distillery
Once an island of small scale, illicit production, Arran’s agriculture was able to support around 50 stills of questionable legality at its southern half. Known as ‘Scotland in miniature’, Arran has highlands, but also fertile plains where barley can grow well – a microcosm of Scotland on one island. Arran distillers have partnered with the Agronomy Institute of Orkney to develop a modern version of traditional bere barley, something that will grow well on Scotland’s islands and establish a local fertility that will feed the whiskies of the future.
We have a pair of casks from this distillery, both distilled in the second half of 2017 and thus full of one year old new spirit. One contains peated spirit, the other unpeated. They will both have become whisky by the end of 2020, but we see these casks now as an opportunity to get involved with a whisky when its new and fresh, something to nurture for many years before finally presenting it to the world with a flourish, once it has passed adolescence and found its true nature.
They may have grown up in an almost identical environment, but these siblings casks have wildly different personalities, originating from the nature of the barley at their core.