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Arran malt marks distiller anniversary


A new limited edition single malt from the Isle of Arran Distillery celebrates master distiller James MacTaggart’s 10th anniversary in the job – and his 40 years in the Scotch whisky industry.

Arran James MacTaggart Anniversary Single Malt
Landmark bottle: The single malt celebrates James MacTaggart’s first decade at Arran

Arran James MacTaggart Anniversary Single Malt marks MacTaggart’s first full decade as the Lochranza distillery’s master distiller.

Described as ‘fresh and vibrant’, the whisky has been blended from first-fill Bourbon barrels filled during MacTaggart’s first few months in the job during 2007.

‘The last 10 years have been very special for the distillery,’ said MacTaggart, who began his career at Bowmore distillery on Islay in the 1970s. ‘We’ve released our oldest age statements, including the 18 Year Old which was a real coming of age for Arran.

‘One of the great pleasures of my job is crafting unique bottlings inspired by the island and its history – a history that I’m proud to be part of.’

Euan Mitchell, managing director of Isle of Arran Distillers, added: ‘James is a man dedicated to traditional whisky making, 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 bottling is a fantastic way to pay tribute to the influence James has had on the Arran Malt and to give the Arran community a chance to own a piece of distillery history.’

Non-chill-filtered, bottled at its natural cask strength of 54.2% abv and without artificial colouring, the whisky will be available from early October from, from the distillery shop at Lochranza and from specialist whisky retailers worldwide, priced at £64.99 a bottle.

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