International suc­cess for Ar­ran Dis­tillers

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The team at the Isle of Ar­ran Dis­tillers is cel­e­brat­ing four cov­eted awards at this year’s International Wine & Spir­its Com­pe­ti­tion.

The in­de­pen­dent whisky maker picked up two gold medals for its Ar­ran 10- and 18-year-old sin­gle malts. The Bothy Quar­ter Cask and Lochranza Re­serve claimed sil­ver out­stand­ing medals.

The com­pe­ti­tion is now in its 49th year and sets the international bench­mark for qual­ity. En­tries are re­ceived from nearly 90 coun­tries and each prod­uct is sam­pled by the judg­ing panel, which con­sists of over 400 global ex­perts.

The gold medal for the 10-year-old sin­gle malt is an­other in a long list of sought-af­ter ac­co­lades that the classic ex­pres­sion of Ar­ran has re­ceived.

Ear­lier this year the dram col­lected the double gold ac­cred­i­ta­tion at the San Francisco World Spir­its Com­pe­ti­tion, a gold medal at the World Whiskies Awards and an im­pres­sive 91 points out of 100 at the Ultimate Spir­its Chal­lenge, where it also re­ceived a cock­tail com­men­da­tion for the ‘Rob Roy’ drink.

Ex­pert judges from across the world have been im­pressed with the 10-yearold’s ini­tial rush of rich vanilla sweet­ness that gives way to a touch of cin­na­mon that adds a spicy edge to the soft and sweet tex­ture. The cit­rus notes have rounded with age and re­veal new depths of char­ac­ter against a back­ground of sweet oak.

The 18-year-old sin­gle malt that also claimed a gold award at the com­pe­ti­tion, fol­low­ing a gold medal at the World Whiskies Awards ear­lier this year, is a favourite among whis- ky lovers for its renowned depth of char­ac­ter.

Caramelised cit­rus and trop­i­cal notes on a back­ground of toasted oak have cre­ated an in­tense, well rounded dram with charm and per­son­al­ity.

This sin­gle malt also utilises a bal­anced mix of the finest aged ex-sherry and ex-bour­bon casks to of­fer a full and unique mat­u­ra­tion of the classic ex­pres­sion of Ar­ran.

The dis­tillers’ man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Euan Mitchell, said: ‘It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to see our whiskies per­form so well on the international stage, and there aren’t many more pres­ti­gious than the International Wine & Spir­its Com­pe­ti­tion. Our whiskies rep­re­sent more than just a great taste, they also char­ac­terise the her­itage of our is­land.

‘The lo­cal wa­ter, mi­cro­cli­mate and air qual­ity all in­flu­ence the spirit as it is dis­tilled and ma­tured.

‘The whisky we cre­ate couldn’t come from any­where else but the Isle of Ar­ran. Every­thing we make re­flects a range of re­gional in­flu­ences yet achieves a rare and unique per­son­al­ity all of its own.

‘We look for­ward to the next stage of the com­pany’s growth with the open­ing of our Lagg Dis­tillery in spring next year.

‘The whisky pro­duced at Lagg will be a heav­ily peated sin­gle malt in con­trast to the un­peated style pro­duced at Lochranza and it will re­main true to our ethos as an in­de­pen­dent whisky maker.

‘It will con­tinue ex­plor­ing the in­com­pa­ra­ble char­ac­ter­is­tics of our home is­land that have seen our whisky ac­claimed across the world.’

The most re­cent mile­stone for the Lagg Dis­tillery was the com­ple­tion of the steel­works. Come this au­tumn the cop­per pot stills will be in­stalled, fol­lowed in early 2019 by the first pro­duc­tion run of the new heav­i­ly­peated (50ppm) spirit that will be­come, in time, the flag­ship Lagg sin­gle malt Scotch whisky.

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Ar­ran Dis­tillers’ man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Euan Mitchell, who is ex­cited by the suc­cess of the com­pany’s whiskies.

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