Explorers Series Vol.3 - Kildonan & Pladda Island
Coming to our web shop and your good local whisky shop from the start of June is the long awaited third instalment in our Explorers Series - Kildonan & Pladda Island.
As well as the bottle, we also have some of the beautiful collectable metal posters to purchase from our web shop this year. Usually, these are only available to buy in person from our Lochranza Distillery, however with our Lochranza Distillery currently closed we have decided to offer them online this year priced at £4.99 each, so don't forget to purchase yours alongside your bottle!
This edition is priced at £140 per bottle and sales from our web shop will be restricted to two of these bottles per transaction. We politely request that you allow 21-28 days for the delivery of your order as our small team endeavour to safely prepare and dispatch orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will be releasing 100 bottles for sale every Monday morning at 10am starting from Monday 1st June. We will be selling 100 bottles every Monday morning at 10am throughout the month of June. The bottling will also be available from good whisky retailers online and in shops across the world, however not from our Visitor Centre in Lochranza, which is currently closed. If you live on the Isle of Arran and would like to collect your bottle from our team, please get in touch to allow us to refund your postage and arrange for you to safely collect.
The Arran Explorers Series is a collection of limited edition expressions of The Arran Single Malt Each edition celebrates the outstanding scenic beauty and diversity of nature on the Isle of Arran. So far in the series, we have celebrated the beauty of the Waverley Paddle Steamer sailing into our own beloved Brodick Bay, we have admired the majesty of Lochranza Castle sitting proudly in Lochranza Bay. In this third instalment we enjoy the stunning view from the hills high above the picturesque village of Kildonan and out towards Pladda Island.
Kildonan village is situated on the southern coast of the Isle of Arran, not far from our own new Lagg Distillery. The small pear-shaped island of Pladda is just 1km from the coastline. The privately-owned island is home to Pladda lighthouse which was designed by Thomas Smith and is still active today. Established in 1790, the lighthouse has a commanding position at the southern end of the island. The stunning view of Pladda can be seen clearly from Kildonan which is home to Silver Sands, one of the most beautiful beaches on Arran. Kildonan also boasts a castle which along with Lochranza Castle and Brodick Castle were important fortresses guarding Arran's strategically important position in the approaches to the Firth of Clyde.
This view of Pladda Island and Ailsa Craig from Kildonan is best taken in with a dram of The Arran Single Malt in hand. This particular expression is 21 Years Old and has been matured in Ex-Sherry Butts and Puncheons before being finished in Ruby Port Casks sourced directly from Portugal. The resulting whisky perfectly captures the breathtaking views of this part of the island. Take your senses on an adventure around the Isle of Arran.
TASTING NOTES :
Nose: Rich and fruity; The “Arran” style remains at the heart of this whisky, with candied orange peel, nectarine and parma violets. Stewed summer fruits with a drizzle of vanilla custard.
Palate: Sweet and tangy with a burst of strawberry liquorice, fresh raspberries and ginger. Cask influence adds another layer to the sweet fruit character, with flakes of hazelnut in the development.
Finish: A truly multi-layered dram with a long lasting finish of red fruit, oak and a hint
• 50.4% Alc./Vol.
• 21 years old
• Limited Edition of 9,000 bottles worldwide
• Matured in Sherry Butts, Puncheons and Ruby Port Pipes