Arran’s 18th Birthday

Arran Distillery comes of age at 2.30pm on Thursday 27th June, exactly 18 years after the first spirit began to be collected there in 1995 … and we’ll be with them in spirit, tasting some new expressions in advance of their official release, on the same day the Arran staff get to try them.

The distillery has helped us to plan a tasting which will reveal how their new make spirit is transformed into a classic range of malts:

  • Robert Burns Single Malt – 7yo (the distillery is patron of the World Burns Federation)
  • 14 Year Old Single Malt – with a hint of smoke from the cask char
  • Amarone Cask Finish – after experimenting with various “finishes” this is one of the core three which were chosen to go forward. It earned top marks from Jim Murray in his 2010 Whisky Bible (96 out of 100), along with the comment “perhaps the best Arran nose of all time”.
  • Premium Sherry Cask (new) – 16 yo
  • Premium Bourbon Cask (new) – 16 yo
  • Machrie Moor – peated to 14 ppm

And that’s not all – each table will also get the chance to sample the new make spirit, and a rare bottling made with an ancient (possibly pre-Viking) barley variety, Orkney Bere. “The influence of the Bere Barley is dramatic and unmistakeable; offering a taste of whisky as it used to be.”

We’ve been keen to hold another vertical tasting, and hope this will be fascinating for beginners and connoisseurs alike.

Join us on Wednesday 26th June at 7:30 in the back room of The Lord Nelson Inn on Trafalgar Street, close to Brighton Station. Tickets will be £18 on the night, and you must be at least as old as the distillery to attend!

Sign up online, here.