Nothing against golden eagles, but...
Harold J. Currie had a dream. The dream of creating a new, own distillery. A rather unrealistic idea in the 1980s, because distilleries were closed en masse here, not newly established. But the friendly elderly gentleman, who for many years was the managing director of Seagram and was responsible for the fortunes of Chivas Regal, among other things, made his dream come true.
The Isle of Arran seemed the right location for his project. Said to be 'all of Scotland in miniature', the island has good water and was once home to numerous distilleries.
At the beginning of the 90s everything was planned and financed, everyone was in the starting blocks, the anticipation was great - and then the start of whisky production, which was firmly planned for 1994, was delayed by a whole year. Because a protected pair of eagles breeds on the building...
Well, at least the Queen came to the opening of the Visitor Center in 1997. Which made Harold Currie very proud.
What does Arran mean? Well it is the name of the beautiful island.
Where is Arran located? The Lochranza Distillery, once Arran Distillery, is located in the small island town of Lochranza on the island of Arran. This in turn is located in the south-west of Scotland.
3 reasons to love Isle of Arran
1) Because Harold J. Curie is a lovely person.
2) Because dreams can come true against all odds.
3) Because Arran is made for a malt distillery.
How does Arran whisky taste?
The Arran Single Malt matures quite quickly and has a lot to offer even at a young age. The combination of fresh, fruity citrus aromas on the one hand and dark spice notes on the other is typical.
Our Arran recommendation
To get to know the Arran 10 years offers a lot for the money. From our point of view it is even one of the best standard bottlings in Scotland. You should definitely try it.
A bit of history on Arran
Harold J. Currie, former CEO of Seagram, established the distillery in Lochranza Bay in 1993 - around 150 years after the last distillery on the island, the "Lagg Distillery", closed.
Production should start in 1994. However, there was a significant delay due to two nesting golden eagles.
The first whisky was produced on June 29, 1995, and a good three weeks later production was in full operation. The distillery's Visitor Center was officially opened in 1997 by Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1998 the first limited bottling of a 3-year-old malt was released, which quickly became very popular among collectors. A 4-year-old followed the next year, meanwhile there is a wealth of different distillery bottlings. The Arran Distillery is so popular and successful that even the Lagg Distillery reopened in 2019. This is where the smoky Lagg Single Malt is made today.
Facts & Figures about Arran Whisky
Address: Lochranza , Arran, Ayrshire , KA27 8HJ
Founded: 1993 by Harold J. Curie
Owner: Isle of Arran Distillers (Harold J. Curie)
Capacity: approx. 1,200,000 liters
2 wash stills (7,100 l)
2 spirit stills (4,300 l)
Water: Loch na Davie
Visitor Centre: Yes
Telephone: +44 (0)1770 / 830 254