Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask Set of First Four Old Label Limited Releases - Batch 1, Batch 2, Batch 3, Batch 4 (4x70cl, 53.2%-55.7%)
The Bothy is a limited edition of the Arran Malt which pays homage to the use of small casks which would have played a large part in the Arran whisky trade in the 18th & 19th centuries.
The Arran Single Malt selected for "The Bothy" was initially matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels before being transferred for secondary maturation into smaller American oak casks for a minimum of 18 months. This process created greater contact between the Whisky and the oak and a much more intense maturation. The end result is a full-bodied expression of the Arran Malt, combing power and finesse full of rich vanilla sweetness and bold peppery spice. Bottling at natural cask strength without chill-filtration or artificial colouring presents this Whisky in its purest form.
Matured in smaller quarter casks with more wood contact to create more flavour this set of first four Batches released in the original presentation with old classic label.
Batch 1. Bottled in September 2015, this is one of 12,000 bottles.
Batch 2. Bottled in June 2016, batch two of this limited release yielded 12,000 bottles. This became a permanent part of the Arran core range in 2019.
Batch 3. Bottled in September 2017. One of 13,800 bottles.
Batch 4. Bottled in April 2018, batch four of this limited release yielded 13,800 bottles.
Although the Isle of Arran was once a hot-bed of distilling activity, there were no distilleries on the island for the majority of the 19th and 20th centuries. Isle of Arran Distillers opened their first distillery in 1995, and it quickly became a firm favourite. They bottled its first single malt in 1998, a limited edition 3 year old in a glass decanter. The distillery also produced a peated single malt called Machrie Moor, however an experimental second distillery on the other side of the island, called Lagg, is now the site of all the company’s peated production. As of 2019, the distillery was renamed Lochranza, however its single malt brand is still known by the old name, Arran.