Arran and Glencadam Sample Tasting Pack

Arran and Glencadam

Merry Christmas! Welcome to the December edition of The Whisky Order. We are delighted to offer a delightful tasting of two magical distilleries: Arran and Glencadam.

Both distilleries are considered Highland malts however Arran would best be described as a Island Malt (not to be confused with the peaty flavors of Islay). All the malts featured this month are available for purchase online through out online partner: Nippy Sweetie Whisky via the links below. 



The Arran distillery founded by Harold Currie, former Managing director of Chivas Bother and later of Campbell Distillers. Some Money was raised by a novel 'bond holders' scheme, which invited subscribers to invest by guaranteeing them a certain amount of whisky - five cases of bonded whisky in 1998, five cases of Arran Founders Reserve in 2001, all for £450. The distillery, which stands above the picturesque village and sea loch of Lochranza, opened in 1995.

When the distillery opened, there was much speculation about which style of malt it would produce, would it be Islay smokey, Cambeltown heavy or Lowland light? The distillery  stands at a crossroads. Even by 1995, however, the influence of it's location could be controlled by the distillation process. Harold Currie was a Speyside distiller, and opted for that style. So it is impossible to classify Arran by regional style. 

The visitors centre, which later won a top award from VisitScotland, was opened by H.M. The Queesn in 1997 and is one of the islands main visitor attractions. 

As well as the Arran Malts (unpeated) that you can experience this month, and Machrie Moor malts (peated), the distillery also markets a range of blends and malts under the Robert Burns Label, being officially recognized by the International Burns Club network, of which the distillery is a patron. 

Robert Burns was a Scottish poet who lived and died in the 18th Century. Widely regarded as Scotlands national poet, he is famous for several prominent poems regarding Scotland and its national heroes. Such as:

  • Auld Lang Syne 
  • A Red, Red Rose, and my personal favorite:
  • Scots Wha Hae  

A song that served as the unofficial national anthem, dedicated to none other than William Wallace. 

‘Scots, wha hae wi Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
Welcome tae yer gory bed,
Or tae victorie.
— Verse 1
‘Now’s the day, an now’s the hour:
See the front o battle lour,
See approach proud Edward’s power -
Chains and Slaverie.
— Verse 2
‘Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha will fill a coward’s grave?
Wha sae base as be a slave?
Let him turn an flee.
— Verse 3
‘Wha, for Scotland’s king and law,
Freedom’s sword will strongly draw,
Freeman stand, or Freeman fa,
Let him on wi me.
— Verse 4
‘By Oppression’s woes and pains,
By your sons in servile chains!
We will drain our dearest veins,
But they shall be free.
— Verse 5
‘Lay the proud usurpers low,
Tyrants fall in every foe,
Liberty’s in every blow! -
Let us do or dee.
— Verse 6




Situated about a mile outside of the ancient Royal Burgh of Brechin, Glencadam ('the glen of the wild goose') was founded in 1825 by Messrs Thomas and Ruxton. In 1852 Alexander Milne Thompson took over and in 1893, when Glencadam Distillery Ltd was incorporated, it was under the control of the Glasgow blenders Gilmore Thomson & Company. The directors of Gilmore Thomson sold the distillery to Hiram Walker for £83,400 in July 1954, the same year in which the Canadian Company bought Scapa; Pulteney would be acquired in 1955.

When he visited in 1985, Phillip Morrice noted: 'it is trimly furnished - in keeping with all the distilleries belonging to Hiram Walker - and is in no way dulled by its proximity to its nearest neighbor, the municipal cemetery'.

Two years later Hiram Walker was bought by Allied Lyons (who's spirits division became Allied Distillers the same year). Glencadam became the heart malt for Stewards Cream of the Barley. Allied mothballed the Distillery in 2000, then sold it to Angus Dundee Ltd, a well established family firm of blenders, based out of London in 2003. A Large blending plant was installed in the distillery in November 2007. With its neighbor "North Port" now gone, Glencadam sits alone along this stretch of the Scottish coastline. 



Robert Burns Single Malt 43%

The Official Single Malt of the Robert Burns Federation. This single malt is light and fruity, as you would expect of a single malt from the Speyside region. A very nice dram to start your tasting flight off with this month. 

Official Tasting Notes from Arran:

Colour: Ayrshire Sunshine

Aroma: Sweet & creamy with notes of honey, toffee-glazed pecans and fresh summer fruits

Palate: A perfect combination of rich malt and lush vanilla notes forms a beautifully refreshing and smooth palate. Light and sweet at first followed by tantalising spice and oak

Finish: Clean and fresh with an aftertaste of hazelnuts and milk chocolate. A true drop of liquid poetry and the perfect dram with which to toast the Bard!


Arran - 10 Year Old Single Malt 46% - Non Chill Filtered

Arran's classic malt. This malt serves as a terrific introduction into Arran's core range. It has nice whispy notes and complexity of a much more mature malt. I suggest this would be your second tasting of the evening.

Official Tasting notes from Arran:

Colour: Ripe Golden Barley

Nose: The initial rush of rich vanilla sweetness gives way to the fruits of slow distillation – kiwi, banana, cantaloupe melon – with just a dusting of cocoa powder. It is undoubtedly complex and yet the aromas are in complete harmony with the malt.

Palate: A touch of cinnamon adds a spicy edge to the soft and sweet texture which captivates the palate. The classic Arran citrus notes have rounded with age and reveal new depths of character against a background of sweet oak.

Finish: It drifts over the tongue like golden syrup and fades ever so slowly to tempt another sip. This is a beautifully made whisky.


The Arran Malt - Lochranza Reserve

The third tasting for December's collection. The Lochranza Reserve is a special edition from Arran. Light and citrusy in taste it is a truly wonderful malt. Take your time with this one.

Official Tasting Notes from Arran:

Colour: Ayrshire sunshine

Nose: The fresh island character and citrus notes are immediately evident with fresh pear and honeysuckle

Palate: Beautifully balanced citrus fruit and light vanilla sweetness with a burst of apple and delicate marine notes.

Finish: Lingering and delicate with sweet oak and spice, softened slightly by a layer of milk chocolate. A fresh island character from our home village of Lochranza.


Glencadam - 10 Year Old Single Malt

Our first tasting of Glencadam for this flight. The 10 Year old being the flagship line of Glencadams morden Malts. This malt is light airy and delightful on the tongue. Its "rather delicatee" 

Official Tasting Notes from Glencadam

Colour: Golden orange.

Nose: Spice and vanilla with elegant sweetness.

Palate: Floral and spicy with sophisticated mix of vanilla and sherry sweetness.

Finish: Gentle pepper and spice.


Glencadam - 15 Year Old Single Malt

This multi award winning single malt has complex and robust flavors coupled with a hint of oak. The last tasting for this evening will leave you wanting more!

Official Tasting Notes from Glencadam

Colour: Pale gold

Nose: Salty notes with a balance of sweetness. Delicate, elegant and charming

Palate: Juicy cut-grass freshness with a mouth-watering malty signature. Restrained sweetness caressed by soft oak

Finish: Medium length. Oak balancing sweeter characteristics with malty reprise


We hope you enjoyed the Arran and Glencadam feature as much as we did!

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