Arran Malt Millenium Casks
Arran Malt Millenium Casks
Sale Sold out
Regular price $167.00 USD
Regular priceUnit price per
Distilled on the Isle of Arran, this release celebrated the coming of the new millennium. Do you remember what you were doing on the eve of 1999?
This expression is crafted from a mix of spirits distilled on the last day of the 1900s and the first of the 2000s, these have been put down to mature in 35 bourbon barrels and 10 sherry hogsheads for 13 years before being bottled free from chill-filtration and artificial coloring at a natural cask strength of 53.5% abv.
This is a rare and discontinued Arran millennium cask limited to only 7800 bottles.
Arran Whisky Distillery is an Island region malt whisky located on the Isle of Arran off the Ayrshire coast. The Arran (ar-ran) single Malt Whisky is soft creamy in style. However, it produces some cask finishes for a richer fruity whisky. The distillery produces limited editions and there is a range of discontinued whiskies available. The Isle of Arran, one of the most beautiful and famous in Scotland and lies off the West Coast between Ayrshire and Kintyre. Arran is a unique island known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, for it has all of the scenery of Scotland, with mountains and lowlands, glens, lochs, and royal castles (including one at Lochranza). Early in the 19th century, there were more than 50 whisky distilleries on Arran, most of them illegal and carefully hidden from the eyes of the taxmen. The malt was acclaimed at the time as the best in Scotland, only rivaled by those from the ‘Glen of Livet’. Based at Lochranza the new distillery was founded in 1995 by Harold Currie, who was previously Managing Director of Chivas (Seagrams) and House of Campbell (Pernod Ricard). Using only the traditional methods of distilling, with wooden washbacks and copper stills designed to their exact specification. The location offers perfect water for whisky production, cleansed by granite and softened by peat as it comes down from the mountain above. The atmosphere of sea breezes and clear mountain air together with the warm flow of the Gulf Stream matures the Arran Malt to perfection in the earth-floored warehouse. 17th August 1995 production is commenced.
The first whisky is released, a 3-year-old in 1998. Followed in 1999 with a 4-year-old. Vintage 1995 single cask in 2002. Also from 2003 Limited editions from different single wine/spirit cask finishes of Calvados. Vintage 1997 Cognac, Marsala, and Port finish Vintage 1995 in 2004. Then Vintage 1996, Margaux and Grand Cru Champagne in 2005. Arran 10-year-old whisky is first released in 2006 plus two more wood finishes.
Followed up with “Gordon’s Drams” plus-four more wood finishes in 2007. A further four more wood finishes plus the first 12-year-old in 2008.
2009 saw another 1996 vintage, peated single casks, and two more wood finishes. The distillery marks 2010 with a 14-year-old, Rowan tree, three more wood finishes, and the first of the named peated malt whiskies Machrie Moor is released. Limited editions; The Westie, Sleeping Warrior, and a cask strength 12-year-old in 2011. The Eagle and the first of the Devils Punch Bowl during 2012. A year later a 16-year-old and Machrie Moor are released. Another Machrie Moor this time at cask strength plus a 17-year-old in 2014. Arran's 18-year-old and Illicit still series start in 2015.