Drink Review: Arran 10 Year

So the Arran 10 Year is a single malt whisky made by the Arran Distillery, which is located in Lochranza, on the Isle of Arran in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. Lochranza, was celebrated in verse by Sir Walter Scott, the Scottish Poet, Novelist and playright.

On fair Lochranza streamed the early day,
Thin wreaths of cottage smoke are upward curl’d
From the lone hamlet, which her inland bay
And circling mountains sever from the world

— Sir Walter Scott, The Lord of the Isle

The Arran Distillery is one of the few independent distillieries in Scotland, and it is one which follows the traditional whisky making practices. It has been in operation since 1995, and in 2019 they opened a second distillery in Lagg, a hamlet in the southern coast of the Isle of Arran, which falls within the parish of Kilmory. The advantage of the two distilleries, is that it has allowed them to diversify their product with the Lochranza distillery in the North focusing on unpeated single malt and the Lagg distillery on the south utilising the landscape to produce heavily peated single malt.

Arran 10 Year 
Quick little anecdote before I talk about the Arran 10 Year, we had a little bit of extra money lately and so we’ve been eating out more. I went to three seperate places which happened to list the Arran 10 year on the menu only to be told after ordering that they didn’t have it. I finally managed to get it at The Longhouse in Kilmarnock and I was so happy. Anyway let’s move on to what I thought of the single malt, I always like to give it a good nose before drinking, I think I might like this part almost as much as drinking it. The Arran 10 year had a sharp and warm aroma, one that was present without being overwhelming. In terms of taste, it was smooth and had a smokiness to it, which eased gently as you drink into a pleasing warmness that lingers on the palate.

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