Where can you find the perfect malt whisky, mouthwatering handmade chocolates and stunning scenery? The Isle of Arran of course! The Geraldo’s team had a fabulous and truly informative day out this week to one of Scotland’s most magical islands and what a day it was!
The Isle of Arran Distillery
After a breezy trip on the ferry, Senior Brand Manager, Louisa Young, accompanied the team to the newly refurbished distillery in Lochranza. Nestled below the mountains, the distillery is in the ideal location to produce the perfect malt; where the pure water flows into nearby Loch na Davie. Combine this with Arran’s warm micro-climate, high quality barley and yeast, expertly picked oak casks and patience – up to 18 years of patience – while the wondrous character of the whisky matures. But as Master Craftsman, James MacTaggart says, “There is no point having good ingredients if you don’t have good people to make it.” The passion and knowledge that James, Louisa and all of the staff at the distillery have about their whisky is inspiring and it tastes fabulous too. Tours are starting again on Monday, 27th Feb 2017 and definitely worth taking the trip over there to see it.
The Arran Chocolate Factory
We all had a warm glow (could’ve been the whisky) as we travelled back to Brodick; spotting golden eagles, deer and seals en route. The magic continued as we were welcomed by owner James McLehry, and his senior chocolatier Jan, at The Arran Chocolate Factory. The sweet aroma hits you as soon as you enter the shop. Jan, who has been making chocolate there for 15 years, gave us a fabulous demonstration on making Easter eggs and some of their delicious hand-crafted treats. We also got a sneaky peek at some of her wonderful Easter creations. Watch this space as these little ducklings are sure to nip over the water to Geraldo’s of Largs soon!
A huge thank you to The Arran Distillery and The Arran Chocolate Factory for hosting our visit. We all came home much more knowledgeable and enthused about Arran’s warming malts, delicious chocolates and wonderful people.
The Arran Whisky range and James of Arran Chocolates are stocked in Geraldo’s of Largs. Pop in to find out more from one of our team members. They’ll have lots to tell you!