Arran 2017 Unpeated

Traditional, unpeated malt from Arran, showcasing the quality of the local barley. This spirit is approaching its three-year ‘coming of age’, having been distilled in September 2017. It contains approximately 284 bottles at cask strength 61.70%.

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Cask Details

Age2 years
Distillation DateSeptember 17, 2017
Cask TypeUnpeated, 1st Fill Bourbon Barrel
Original Litre of Alcohol (OLA)126.70 litres
Re-gauge ABV61.70%
Re-gauge DateN/A
Cask Number17/2505

Tasting Notes

“Coming along very nicely for its age. Arran has proved to mature relatively quickly, but can also take lengthy ageing.”

Gavin D. Smith,
Author & Renowned Whisky Journalist

“Strawberry leaves in a healing poultice. Surprising amount of fresh greenery, and fruit flavours evident.”


“Spiced dark rum. Moist demerara. Rhubarb crumble w/ mooshed strawbs. A great meal finisher.”


“There’s a bubblegum tutti fruity note here. This feels like original spirit flavour, so maturation will change it over time. I’m interested to see how!”


“It has the freshness of an apple, but a big one, like a cooking apple. Big flavour here.”


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.


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Auction Details

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