Isle of Arran unveils final Smugglers’ Series bottling

The Isle of Arran Distillery is set to release the final expression in its Smugglers’ Series – a nod to the illicit whisky trade that operated from Arran to Glasgow.

Like proceeding volumes, The Illicit Stills and The High Seas, Smugglers’ Series Vol.3 The Exciseman, is presented in packaging that mimics a hardbound book, complete with a cut-out compartment that conceals the bottle. The Madeira casks used, are similar to the ones utilised by Arran’s illicit distillers, who often stored and transported locally produced whisky in old Madeira casks brought over from the continent by their smuggling counterparts. The use of quarter casks is a nod to the type of small vessels, which would have been the easiest to transport. The expression is described as “complex, full of character” with notes of “apple and vanilla”. While the finish is noted as “long, luxurious and yet delightfully fresh” with a “complex and robust” body. “Smugglers’ vol.1 and vol.2 were tremendously popular, selling out within days,” said James MacTaggart, master distiller of the Isle of Arran Distillery. “There is a real desire for whisky with a story, something the Smugglers’ Series has in abundance. “As the first legal distillery on the island in over 160 years we draw a great deal of inspiration from Arrans whisky-making heritage and are delighted to be able to share it through this, the final bottling of the Smugglers’ Series.” A limited edition release of 8,700 bottles worldwide will be available online from 11am on the 12 July at and at specialist whisky retailers. Bottled at 56.8% abv, Smugglers’ Series Vol.3 The Exciseman is available at an RRP of £89.99. In February this year, Isle of Arran Distillers started work on its second distillery, beginning with the construction of three warehouses.