Isle of Arran Distillery Celebrates A Decade With Its Master Distiller

Isle of Arran master distiller James MacTaggart has been working at this Scottish island distillery for around a decade, with a whisky industry pedigree going back upwards of forty years. To celebrate these milestones Arran has unveiled a limited edition Scotch single malt drawn from some of his early production barrels.

The new Arran James MacTaggart Anniversary Single Malt, according to those behind it, was carefully blended by MacTaggart from a selection of first fill bourbon barrels from his first months of production in 2007. It is non-chill filtered and of natural color, with 12,000 bottles being made available globally.

“James is a man dedicated to traditional whisky making,” saidEuan Mitchell, Managing Director of Isle of Arran Distillers, in a prepared statement, “but with an eye to the sensibilities of the modern whisky drinker, he’s been instrumental in establishing the quality reputation of the Arran Malt and opening scotch up to a new generation of fans.”

This single malt will be bottled at 54.2% ABV and price around £65, or about $85 USD. The new offering comes on the heels of Arran bringing to market recently its final Smuggler Series bottling even as it continues to build out a new distilling facility on the same island.

You’ll find limited official tasting notes below for the Scotch.

A fresh nose with notes of salt combine with lemon oil, pairing the coast of Lochranza with the iconic citrus notes of the Arran Malt.

The palate runs over with the immediate warmth of white pepper which softens as boiled sweets and apple pastries start to show. The lengthy finish sweetens further to candy floss as it fades away with the freshness of a well-made whisky-sour cocktail.

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Nino Marchetti

As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.