There’s just something about handwritten labels that makes a whisky bottle that little bit extra special. Maybe it’s because it’s old fashioned, which is funny because Arran is actually quite a young distillery. When whisky ran dry on the Isle of Arran in 1837 many people thought that was it for the once thriving distillery culture there. And for 150 years they were right. Not a drop of whisky came out of Arran. That was until former manager of Chivas, Harold Currie, decided to shake things up. He figured if it was good enough for whisky lovers in the 18th and 19th centuries then why shouldn’t people at the end of the 20th century get to sample some whisky from Arran. After securing funding the new Arran distillery began production in 1995. This bottle of Arran 11 Years Old Single Bourbon Cask 1996 comes from the very next year so it’s one of the earlier drams from Arran. It was aged in bourbon cask no. 979 for 11 years and only 200 bottles were produced so grab it fast.