Isle of Arran Distillers is situated off the southwest coast of Scotland in the village of Lochranza on the Isle of Arran. Their premium, hand-crafted whiskies are made from some of the purest mountain waters in Scotland and are widely recognized as some of the finest malts in the world. Arran is the first of the new wave of Scotch distillers built exclusively to produce single malt rather than blends. Isle of Arran is the only distillery on the island and remains an independent company. Distillery manager James MacTaggart has 30+ years of experience in whiskey production and combines traditional distillation methods with modern technology – washbacks are made from Oregon pine instead of stainless steel, the stills are small copper pots with long narrow necks and the barley blend is unpeated Optic, Braemar and Oxbridge. Each Isle of Arran whiskey is aged in casks, non-chill filtered with no added color and bottled at 46% abv versus the normal 40% abv. The unique microclimate of the Isle allows the malts to mature more quickly, encouraging early development of desirable secondary aromas and flavors.
The Arran Malt The Bothy Quarter Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky was initially matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels before being transferred for secondary maturation into smaller casks also made of the finest American oak for a minimum of 18 months. This process produces far greater contact between the whisky & oak and a faster, more intense maturation. The end result is a full-bodied expression of The Arran Malt combining power and finesse full of rich vanilla sweetness and bold peppery spice. Bottling at natural Cask Strength without chill-filtration or artificial colouring of any sort presents this whisky in its purest form. Small casks would have been a common feature of the Arran whisky trade in the eighteenth & nineteenth centuries as they were easier to handle and transport around the island. With The Bothy we proudly bring this tradition back to life.
NOSE: Tropical fruit and vanilla with a dusting of cocoa powder.
PALATE: Vanilla, fruit, sweet and spicy cinnamon.
FINISH: Sweet malt with hints of pepper and nutmeg.