Tuesday, September 05, 2017


The multi award-winning Isle of Arran Distillers, has announced the launch of a new limited edition expression, in celebration of Master Distiller James MacTaggart, who celebrates his 10th anniversary at the distillery and 40 years in the Scotch whisky industry.

Arran - James MacTaggart Anniversary Single Malt (54.2% ABV) has been blended by James from a selection of first fill Bourbon barrels from his first months of production at the distillery in 2007.

Arran launches limited edition expression in celebration of its Master Distiller

Starting his career at Bowmore on Islay in the 1970's, James has been witness to the rise, fall and rise again of the popularity of single malt Scotch whisky. During his time at Arran, he has overseen the distillery's incredible success at home and abroad and has created their enormously popular limited editions.

Limited to 12,000 bottles, this latest release from the Lochranza based distillery, is said to deliver notes of salt and lemon oil on the nose, followed by notes of white pepper, boiled sweets and apple pastries and candy floss on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Euan Mitchell, Managing Director of Isle of Arran Distillers, said: “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.”

He went onto say: “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. We hope people will join us in raising a dram to a great man and a fantastic Master Distiller.”

With Arran’s second distillery site (Lagg Distillery) due to open on the south of the island next year, James will be helping establish a new chapter for whisky production on the Isle of Arran.

Arran - James MacTaggart Anniversary Single Malt, will be available from specialist retailers in October, for a RRP of £64.99.

Posted by Steve Rush