Thursday, September 10, 2015


The award-winning Isle of Arran Distillery has announced the launch of the first release in its new history inspired Smugglers Series.

Arran – The Illicit Stills (56.4% ABV) pays homage to the distillery’s forebears and honours the tradition of the illicit whisky trade that operated from Arran and up the Clyde to Glasgow.

Arran - Smugglers Series: The Illicit Stills

Each new release will be ‘smuggled’ in unique packaging reminiscent of the hiding places used in the 18th and 19th centuries. Smugglers series Vol. 1 ‘The Illicit Stills’ features hidden packaging that mimics a beautiful hardbound book, complete with a cut-out compartment that conceals the bottle.

Balanced by the sweetness of older Bourbon barrels and the rich and fruity influence of Port Pipes, Arran – The Illicit Stills, is said to be a fresh, full bodied and complex dram evocative of this distillery’s independent character.

Commenting on the first release of the new series, Euan Mitchell, Managing Director of Isle of Arran Distillery said: “We’re justifiably proud of the whisky-making heritage of the island. Visitors have long been fascinated in the illicit industry that ran between Arran and Glasgow in centuries past. With the distillery turning 21, it felt like the perfect time to commemorate that exciting time in Scotch whisky’s heritage with a series that pays homage to its ancestors whilst looking forward to the distillery’s future.”

Limited to just 8,700 bottles, Arran - The Illicit Stills, will be available from specialist retailers from September 28th for a RRP of £84.99

Posted by Steve Rush