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Arran, Isle of – one of Scotland’s newest distilleries – and the only one on Arran – began production in 1995. The ten-year-old won lots of friends, as have all the bells-and-whistles ‘expressions’ but the fifteen-year-old is still in the cask as I write.

Published in The A - Z of Drinks

Ardbeg – peatiest and smokiest of all of Islay’s peaty, smoky whiskies, its long story, which started in 1815, reached its most dramatic chapters only in the late twentieth century: having lost money for many years the distillery was mothballed in 1981 and after spasmodic attempts to breathe some water-of-life back into it over the next decade and a half it was finally bought by Glenmorangie in 1997, when full production resumed. If the award of the Whisky Bible’s ‘World Whisky of the Year 2008’ makes misty-eyed, Whisky Galore-style fantasies cloud the judgement it should be remembered that Glenmorangie was itself acquired by LVMH in 2004 and the cockles of the hearts most warmed by this story are corporate ones.

Published in The A - Z of Drinks

Aberlour – speyside distillery making a range of classy single malts including excellent cask-strength A’bunadh, arguably the best of the Pernod Ricard-owned whiskies and particularly popular in France.

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