Arran Whisky and the National Trust unleash Sleeping Warrior

10 June, 2011

Isle of Arran Distillers has launched a limited edition scotch in collaboration with conservation charity, the National Trust for Scotland.

The Arran Malt Sleeping Warrior, which has been limited to 6,000 bottles, will be released to global markets from the end of June.

The single malt was drawn from ex-sherry, bourbon and red wine casks dating from the year 2000.

According to the distillery, the result is “a rich and robust malt with aromas of liquorice, leather and boiled sweets”.

“It has a taste of dark cherries and stewed fruits with an enduring, spicy and complex finish,” said the distillery.

Euan Mitchell, managing director of Arran Whisky said: “We are pleased to be supporting the National Trust for Scotland and to raise funds to help maintain the footpaths leading to Goatfell, Arran’s highest peak.

“As residents of the Isle of Arran, we are very keen to maintain the beauty of the island for both locals and visitors and so will be making a donation to the National Trust for Scotland for every bottle sold.”

The whisky is named after the summits and ridges of the north end of the Isle of Arran, a landmark locally referred to as the Sleeping Warrior.

An image of the ‘Sleeping Warrior’ landscape features on the bottle label and packaging.

The Arran Sleeping Warrior is priced at £59.99 and will be available from, specialist whisky shops globally and selected National Trust for Scotland retail outlets.

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