The Aran distillery Co was established in 1994 by Harold Currie at Loch Ranza in the north of the Isle Of Arran. At one time Arran was famed for the quality of is whisky and had over 50 distilleries some of which were legal but distilling ended in 1837 on Arran with the closure of Lagg distillery. It took until 1996 until “the water of life” was produced again on the island.
I must admit that our family had the chance to invest in the new venture and passed on the opportunity and after the very early production took this to be a good decision. However after sampling the 10 year old , the Loch Ranza reserve, the Robert Burns edition among others we now realise this was not the case as this young distillery has really begun to see the fruits of its labour and is producing some rather excellent whisky.
The water source for the distillery is Loch Na Davie which feeds its single wash and spirit stills. The total production is around 750000 liters a year.
The whisky is a light golden colour , medium bodied which on rolling around the glass is not too syrupy and leaves thin legs around the glass. I added a half teaspoon of water and left the whisky to develop for 10 minutes.
The nose is fresh with herbal notes with thyme, cut grass after a shower of summer rain. This develops in to something a little more fruit forward with hints of summer fruits and raspberries! Light and quite complex.
The flavour has creamy sweet malty notes, big on digestive biscuits followed by english apples and tinned pears. Very nice indeed!
The finish is medium long with notes of granny smith apples developing and lengthening into a sweet malt perhaps a little oak Very smooth.
This is a very well made polished whisky which in some ways reminds me of 10 year old Glenmorangie It is a very easy drinking dram which would be a lovely pre meal experience!
This whisky is available from Master of Malt HERE!