Arran Distillers is set to rock ‘Scotland in miniature’ this summer with a three-day celebration as the business celebrates ‘coming of age’.
The main event, taking place on the 29th June 2013, marks a landmark anniversary for business as it falls exactly 18 years since the first spirit flowed through the distillery.
A weekend of dedicated to malt and music, one of the key attractions is five different whisky master classes on offer giving people the chance to experience first-hand the delights of Arran.
Ranging from introductory tastings to samplings of old and rare whiskies, the master classes are led by Managing Director Euan Mitchell and the Arran team, and give visitors the chance to meet the people behind the whisky.
As well as tailored tastings there will be local produce on sale, a unique collector’s edition of The Arran Single Malt for sale, a whisky bar and food stalls, as well as many different family activities including archery, painting, bird of prey displays, storytelling and island crafts.
All this will take place to the sounds of local and regional bands including Scott Cowen and The Rowan Brothers who will entertain thirsty crowds from 11am -5pm.
Euan Mitchell, managing director at Isle of Arran Distillers, said: “Our Malt and Music festival is always a highlight of the year and this year expectations are very high. We’re all excited about our 18th birthday and we’re inviting everyone to come and celebrate with us. “As well as being a great party, this weekend event gives people the opportunity to really get to know the team behind Arran Distillers, which is something that not many distilleries offer.”
For whisky fans looking for something extra special, Arran is also hosting a unique evening to remember the night before the festival (28th June) where guests are invited to enjoy a sit down dinner with the distillery team.
Just 40 tickets are on sale for the evening dinner event, which begins with a private warehouse tour with master distiller James MacTaggart. Guests will draw the whisky directly from barrels themselves before enjoying a champagne reception and five course dinner, with accompanying wine and finally their specially chosen whisky with the last course. After dinner guests will be presented with a 20cl bottle of commemorative whisky to celebrate the occasion, of which only 40 will be presented on the night. This whisky will never be retailed so it is an extremely special bottling.
A ‘Survivors Hog Roast’ on Sunday 30th June will see those who can’t get enough of the good stuff bid farewell to the weekend in style. Tickets to the five-course evening dinner on 28th June cost £95; tickets for the Malt and Music Festival on 29th cost £5 and include a free spey dram glass, a dram token and a guided tour of the distillery. The whisky tasting courses cost between £15 and £45 and attendance at the Survivors Hog Roast is free.