Further cash was made by selling casks of whisky to private individuals, but the scheme was halted when it was discovered that, though the money raised was useful in creating initial cashflow, it resulted in the distillery not owning a significant percentage of its own stock – a problem when trying to build a brand.
Bottling started with a limited edition three-year-old in 1998 and the range has continued to expand, although today there are fewer ‘finished’ variants than in the past. A peated expression, ‘Machrie Moor’, has also been introduced.
In 2017 an expansion of the distillery was completed with the installation of an additional wash and spirit still, more than doubling Arran’s capacity to 1.2m litres per year. To accommodate the growing number of visitors to the distillery, Arran added a second tasting room to its visitor centre, and built an adjacent facility with meeting room, tasting bar and blending room named Rowan House.
Plans for the company to build a second distillery in Lagg at the south end of the island were approved in August 2016 and building work began on this project in October 2016.
Parent company Isle of Arran Distillers opened a second distillery, Lagg, in the south of the island in 2019.
Lagg Distillery began production in April 2019 and opened its visitor’s center on 1 July 2019.
As the company has now opened a second distillery on the island the distilleries are referred to as ‘Lochranza’ and ‘Lagg’. In May 2020 a new blended whisky was announced which is made up from whisky from both of the Arran distilleries.