Arran Malt is produced by the Isle of Arran distillery. Located in the Lochranza village at the northern end of Arran island, this distillery is just over 20 years old. But don’t let the apparent young age fool you – Arran actually has a long history of whisky making.
In the 19th century, there are believed to have been several dozen whisky producers on the island. The remote location helped shield their operations from the watchful eye of excise tax agents, and it was apparently not uncommon to refer to “taking the Arran waters” as synonymous with having a glass of whisky in Scotland’s major cities. Eventually, as whisky production became more mainstream (and consistently taxed), the high cost of operation caused whisky producers to shut down on the island.
Sweet and malty, with light honey notes. Light fruits as well, mainly green apple, pear and plum. A bit citrusy. Some caramel. Grassy and a touch floral.
Arrowroot biscuits, apple juice. Caramel notes pick up further now, and take over from the light honey. Some mild spices pick up too, nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon. Surprisingly a very light mouthfeel.