Although the Isle of Arran was once a hot-bed of distilling activity, there were no distilleries on the island for the majority of the 19th and 20th centuries. Isle of Arran Distillers opened their first distillery in 1995, and it quickly became a firm favourite. They bottled its first single malt in 1998, a limited edition 3 year old in a glass decanter. The distillery also produced a peated single malt called Machrie Moor, however an experimental second distillery on the other side of the island, called Lagg, is now the site of all the company’s peated production. As of 2019, the distillery was renamed Lochranza, however its single malt brand is still known by the old name, Arran.
This is the 2016 and second release in the highly acclaimed Arran Smugglers' Series, which also included The Illicit Still and The Exciseman, released in the years prior and subsequent to this. The series was a nod to the shady history of Arran's distilling back during the 18th and 19th century when the island was a producer of illicit whisky. Presented in a book style package to hide the goods.
The whisky itself is a peated spirit matured in rum casks and finished in first fill bourbon barrels.
One of 8,700 bottles.