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24 Oct 2017

White Stag Third Release - what you need to know

White Stag Third Release

We are delighted to confirm that the White Stag Third Release is nearly ready for release! We would like to thank our 2017 White Stag Tasting Panel members once again for their participation in bringing this whisky to bottle and being such a willing and able bunch of whisky enthusiasts.

Here are the details of this year's community bottling:

Cask types:  a marriage of two Sherry Hogsheads from 1996

Age of whisky: 21 years old

ABV: 52.5%

Number of bottles available: 695 

Available: 6th November at 11am

RRP: £175 excluding P&P

Limit per person: Strictly 1 bottle

 Arran White Stag Bottle and BoxImportant things to note:

  • This whisky is an online exclusive and will be sold in the Limited Editions section of our web shop.  You can find this section in the left hand column of our homepage. The bottle will be sold on a first come first served basis, to signed in White Stags only, and there will no opportunity to place a pre-reservation. It is not available to purchase over the telephone or at our Visitor Centre. Please do not call our Visitor Centre or our Stirling office and ask to reserve a bottle in advance or purchase one over the telephone as unfortunately our team there will be unable to do this for you.
  • The sale will take place on Monday 6th November at 11am.  If you are signed up to our White Stag community, you will have received an e-mail from us with a special edition of our e-mail newsletter, the  'White Stag Gazette' letting you know of the date and time of the sale.  We will not publish the date and time anywhere else other than on this web page, in that e-mail and on our private White Stag Facebook group.  If you're a signed up White Stag you can join the Facebook group HERE .  If you're not sure if you're signed up as a White Stag, please e-mail who will check for you.
  • You must be signed in as a White Stag on the day of purchase in order to access the bottle. We would advise you to sign into your account and remain so in advance of the sale date and time. Our web site may run more slowly on the morning of the sale making it more difficult for you to login.
  • This is a community bottling for enthusiasts of Arran Whisky. There are only 695 bottles available for our community of over 11,500 White Stags so it is impossible for each and every member  to purchase a bottle. Please respect the spirit in which this bottling is made. We have a strict policy of one bottle per White Stag. We will not send more than one bottle to the same person at the same address.
  • Unfortunately we are not able to ship our whisky to every country worldwide due to customs restrictions.  These countries include the US, Canada and Australia. Please bear this in mind before entering our web shop to purchase. For a full list of countries that we ship to, please look at our Delivery Information page in advance to make sure we can ship to you. 
  • Our web shop will be extremely busy on the day of the sale and bottles are likely to sell out extremely quickly. Our web site is well supported, however, as with any web site which experiences a large volume of traffic hitting it simultaneously, we may experience slow or intermittent service.  If this does happen, please be patient – we will be in the background making sure we deal with any problems that do arise.
  • Our web shop has a basket timer which means that once you successfully put your bottle in your basket, you have 15 minutes to check out and pay for your whisky. In the first few minutes of the sale,the bottles may all be placed in baskets all at once. If you allow some time, some of the baskets may time out and release stock back into the shop for new purchasers. Please bear this in mind.
  • Please allow 15 - 20 days after purchase for the delivery of your bottle to allow us to make sure that all orders are correctly and safely packed. We are a very small team and wish to ensure that your bottles are correctly registered and arrive with you safely.

 the White Stag

This is a community bottling and the tasting panel members have put a lot of effort and care into choosing it. We sincerely hope that any disappointment on the day will not spoil the intentions of this bottling. If you are not successful in purchasing the bottle on the day, there are many more excellent casks in our warehouse of a similar pedigree and there will be ample opportunities to taste/purchase these in the very near future. 

Here is the advance tasting note, compiled from notes made by the panel members:

Nose: Pronounced, expressive and balanced. Delicate spices are evident, with notes of vanilla and honey adding a layer of intensity. The sweet oak is balanced by a salty tang and coastal note at the back. Elegant and intriguing.

Palate: Ripe fruits and flowery sweetness prevail in the initial mouthfeel. It develops in intensity with richer notes of dark chocolate, marzipan and Christmas cake. The influence of the oak gives further depth with tobacco and a hint of coffee. A true delight for the senses.

Finish: Whilst long-lasting and satisfying, this whisky reveals its gentler and sweeter side once again in the finish. Enduring depth with a touch of spice makes this dram evocative of a Christmas evening on the island, the warmth of the dram washed by the coastal notes of the sea. A real journey which requires as much thinking as it does drinking.