Wednesday, July 05, 2017


The multi award-winning Isle of Arran Distillers, has today announced the official launch of the third and final release in its Smugglers’ Series.

Arran Smugglers’ Series Vol.3: The Exciseman (56.8% ABV) is a no-age statement cask strength single malt whisky, which has been matured in bourbon quarter casks and Madeira casks.
Arran Smugglers' Series Vol.3: The Exciseman

The Madeira casks used in this final volume, are similar to the ones utilised by Arran’s illicit distillers, who often stored and transported locally produced whisky in old Madeira casks brought over from the continent by their smuggling counterparts. The use of Quarter Casks is a nod to the type of small vessels which would have been the easiest to transport.

This latest release, marks the conclusion of the much-lauded trilogy which honours the exuberant character of those striving to outwit the Government’s representatives in the pursuit of the production of the famed ‘Arran Waters’.

Like proceeding volumes, ‘The Illicit Stills’ and ‘The High Seas’, Smugglers’ Series Vol.3: ‘The Exciseman’ is presented in packaging that mimics a beautiful hardbound book, complete with a cut-out compartment that conceals the bottle.

Commenting on the launch, James MacTaggart, Master Distiller of the Isle of Arran Distillery said: “Smugglers’ vol.1 and vol.2 were tremendously popular, selling out within days. There is a real desire for whisky with a story, something the Smugglers’ Series has in abundance. As the first legal distillery on the island in over 160 years we draw a great deal of inspiration from Arrans whisky-making heritage and are delighted to be able to share it through this, the final bottling of the Smugglers’ Series.”

Limited to just 8,700 bottles, Arran Smugglers’ Series Vol.3: The Exciseman, will be available from July 12th, from specialist retailers for a RRP of £89.99.

Posted by Steve Rush