Isle of Arran Distillery welcomes a record number of visitors

Island

The award-winning Isle of Arran Distillery visitor centre at Lochranza welcomed a record number of visitors last year. 104,000 people made the journey to find ‘the Arran Waters’ in 2016 – a 93% increase since 2012, and 18% increase on 2015.

Euan Mitchell, managing director of Isle of Arran Distillery, said: “The visitor centre has always been core to the distillery. As the first distillery in over 150 years to operate on an island once scattered with illegal stills, we understand and celebrate our place in Arran’s whisky making history.

Lochranza recently reopened after a £1 million investment into rennovations to both the visitor centre and distillery including the replacement of two original stills and two additional stills.

The four brand new stills and a new spirit safe will support the production of 1.2 million litres of alcohol, up from a previous 750 litres.

In the visitor centre, a complete re-design of the reception area includes a modern water feature to replace the original waterfall and a new interactive wall display. The old spirit safe, which was removed during the upgrade of distillery equipment, is exhibited in the main entrance.

James MacTaggart, master distiller at the Isle of Arran Distillery said: “After our 21st anniversary celebrations last year, it was important to us to look to the future.

“Our stills had served us well, though, with demand for our whisky constantly growing, we needed to increase capacity.

“The new stills and, crucially, spirit safe, will allow us to sustain production of our core range and give me the chance to create more of our much-loved limited edition bottlings.”

The distillery is also making a large investment in the south of the island with a new distillery site and visitor centre at Lagg. Total visitor numbers to both sites are expected to exceed 200,000 by 2020 once the new visitor centre in Lagg has been opened with an estimated combined turnover of over £2million.

MacTaggart added: “With the new distillery at Lagg, and continued investment at Lochranza, we intend to uphold the rich heritage of whisky making on Arran as we increase production of the Arran Malt.”

Whisky Deals:
Robert Burns Single Malt - £29.99 - Master of Malt
Arran 10 Year Old - £31.90 - Master of Malt
Arran Lochranza Reserve - £34.96 - Master of Malt
Arran 10 Year Old Gift Pack with 2 Glasses - £36.99 - Master of Malt
Arran 2006 (bottled 2015) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail) - £38.10 - Master of Malt
Arran Non-Chillfiltered 7 Year Old - £38.65 - Master of Malt
Arran 14 Year Old - £40.99 - Master of Malt
Arran Port Cask Finish - £41.03 - Master of Malt
Arran - Sauternes Cask Finish - £41.03 - Master of Malt
Arran The Amarone Cask Finish - £41.15 - Master of Malt

Whisky Festivals:

26may - 3junAll DayIslay Festival - Feis IleIslay

Event Details

The Islay Festival of Music and Malt for whisky fans around the World is one of the most important dates in the calendar.  The distilleries on the island and on neighbouring Jura, run open days throughout the week. The Festival is held in the last week of May every year. Now in their 31st year, so they must be doing something right!

Feis Ile 2017 will be held from Fri 26th May – Sat 3rd June.

The Feis Ile is the charitable organisation from which this now huge Festival of Music & Malt has evolved. The Voluntary Committee work collaboratively with the Distillery Community together with local Musicians and other interested people to showcase Islay.

Time

May 26 (Friday) - June 3 (Saturday)

Location

Islay

Organizer

The Feis Ile

26may - 3junAll DayIslay Festival - Feis IleIslay

Event Details

The Islay Festival of Music and Malt for whisky fans around the World is one of the most important dates in the calendar.  The distilleries on the island and on neighbouring Jura, run open days throughout the week. The Festival is held in the last week of May every year. Now in their 31st year, so they must be doing something right!

Feis Ile 2017 will be held from Fri 26th May – Sat 3rd June.

The Feis Ile is the charitable organisation from which this now huge Festival of Music & Malt has evolved. The Voluntary Committee work collaboratively with the Distillery Community together with local Musicians and other interested people to showcase Islay.

Time

May 26 (Friday) - June 3 (Saturday)

Location

Islay

Organizer

The Feis Ile

17jun12:00 pm- 9:00 pmEdinburgh Whisky FestivalThe Whisky LoungeAssembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh

Event Details

This years Edinburgh Whisky Festival we’re heading back to the Assembly Rooms on George Street. This iconic Georgian venue has long been at the heart of Edinburgh hosting thousands of events from Royal banquets to film festivals, but for this day in June it will play host to Scotland’s most iconic drink – whisky!

As in previous years you can expect to see a fantastic display of whiskies from Scotland and around the world, we’re also working on some sensational masterclasses which will leave even the most seasoned whisky drinker astounded and amazed.

As always you also have a choice of sessions in order to ease the crowds slightly and make your life more comfortable!

Saturday 17th June Early Session: 12pm-4pm

Saturday 17th June Late Session: 5pm-9pm.

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Assembly Rooms

George Street, Edinburgh

Organizer

The Whisky Lounge

24jun12:00 pm- 4:30 pmStoke-on-Trent Whisky Festival 2017Around 100 whiskies and more than 15 gins availableKing's Hall, Stoke Town Hall, ST4 1JH

Event Details

Organised by 2 local whisky enthusiasts, Chris Knight and Neil Rowley; we wanted a way to give fellow enthusiasts, and new comers alike, the chance to taste new whiskies from a wide range of distillers from around the world, along with some fantastic offerings from independent bottlers.

There are 2 types of ticket, an Admission ticket and a Masterclass ticket. A Masterclass ticket MUST be accompanied by an Admission ticket.

With the increased popularity of gins over recent years, we also wanted to raise people’s awareness of the fantastic products now available. There will be a number of gins available at the festival, giving you a chance to try new gins from some of the many artisan distillers.

Time

(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm GMT

Location

King's Hall

Stoke Town Hall, ST4 1JH


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