The Isle of Arran can be found off the coast of Scotland—and one of its best exports is the Arran malt whisky, dubbed “the island, bottled.”
The brand is celebrating 25 years this summer, and the island has found its way to Arran’s packaging in stronger ways than ever before, thanks to Stranger & Stranger’s recent design work.
When the Arran distillery was building its first location in Lochranza, a pair of nesting eagles prompted a halt to construction—and they remain prominent residents at the location to this day. Now, they’re newly nested with embossed foil on the bottle’s label, which also pays homage to the water at the heart of the whisky.
“Our contemporary new bottle design reflects the journey of the water source for the Arran Single Malts, which begins in Loch na Davie and cascades towards our distillery through a series of six small mountain waterfalls, each one purifying the water a little more,” the distillery wrote in its recap of the redesign. “The ripples on the shoulder and base of the new glass bottles illustrate this part of the process and emphasize the pure nature of the spirit.”
For Stranger & Stranger, purveyors and perfectionists of all things spirits packaging, all the ingredients were there.
“With a unique shaped island, a pair of nesting eagles and mountain waterfalls,” they describe, “we just had to put them all to use in the new bottle structure and packaging for this range of amazing whiskies.”
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