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Saturday August 1, 1998

Coming of age

Six years after the Isle of Arran Distillery announced its plans to establish in Lochranza, and three years after the opening ceremony, Arran has its own whisky. Now all whisky blends which are produced at the distillery will contain whisky which has been produced on Arran.

The spirit, which had been maturing since 1995, can now officially be called whisky.

A special ceremony to mark the coming of age took place at the distillery with film star Ewan McGregor opening the first cask. Born in Crieff, he was visiting Arran for the first time and was genuinely delighted to be at the event. A thoroughly approachable man who was happy to answer any questions, he spent a great deal of time signing autographs and posing for photos with fans.

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