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Kildonan & Pladda Island - The Explorers Series Vol.3

700ml | 50.4%

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.

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.


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
of tobacco.

Fact File
• 50.4% Alc./Vol.
• 21 years old
• Limited Edition of 9,000 bottles worldwide
• Matured in Sherry Butts, Puncheons and Ruby Port Pipes

Strictly limited to 2 bottles per person.

Please allow 21-28 working days for the delivery of this bottle due to the restrictions currently in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note that this bottling is also available from our network of worldwide distributors.  Please check with your local specialist whisky retailer if they have stock of this bottling if you are unable to purchase from our web site.

We will be selling a small quantity of this bottling every Monday morning in June at 10am. If you are not successful in purchasing each Monday please do not worry, this bottle is being distributed worldwide and should be available from your good local whisky or spirits retailer.

  • Nose

    Candied orange peel, parma violets

  • Palate

    Sweet and tangy with a hint of oak

  • Finish

    Sweetness, Spice, Vanilla, Hazelnut, Toasted Oak.

Kildonan is a much loved spot at the south end of the Isle of Arran and captures some of the most stunning views from the island. We are delighted to bring the spirit of our island to you at home.

James MacTaggart

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