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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Arran Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10  year old

Colour Ripe Golden Barley

 

Nose The initial rush of vanilla sweetness gives way to the fruits of slow distillation - kiwi, banana, cantaloupe melon - with just a dusting of cocoa powder. It is undoubtedly complex and yet the aromas are in complete harmony with the malt.

 

Taste A touch of cinnamon adds a spicy edge to the soft and sweet texture which captivates the palate. The classic Arran citrus notes have rounded with age and reveal new depths of character against a background of sweet oak.

 

Finish It drifts over the tongue like golden syrup and fades ever so slowly to tempt another sip. This is a beautifully made whisky. Arran has come a long way in 10 years. Truly the best things in life are always worth waiting for!

 

Arran Single Malt Scotch Whisky  100 Proof:

Colour Polished Copper

 

Nose Intense fruitiness with a burst of citrus - Seville oranges, lemond rind & lime - giving way to sweet apples, pear and rich vanilla. The array of aromas on display is underpinned by a delightful barley sugar character.

 

Palate A true blast of fresh island character with a full-bodied, oily edge which coats the palate. A splash of water allows a host of spicy-sweet flavours to emerge with honey, toffee and ginger all pulling the strings. Rich, malty and magnificent!

 

Finish The Arran Malt in concentrated form with bags of charisma to entice and engage in equal measure. What time does the next ferry for Arran leave?

 

Arran Single Malt Scotch Whisky 14  year old

Colour: Sunset Copper

 

Nose: Dried fruits, vanilla and toffee up front.  With a little water a salty tang appears, with caramelised fruits indicating a depth of flaviour to come.

 

Palate: An initial burst of brine leads onto warming toffee appesla dn hazelnuts.  This is followed by dates, chocolate orange and spiced tea cake.  The outhfeel is overwhelmingly rich and weighty.

 

Finish: A trademark Arran finish with cinnamon spices leading back to where the experience began, with a classic island-style salty wave balancing the sweet fruit of the palate.

 

The Arran Malt 15th Anniversary Bottling

limited to 5,640 bottles worldwide.

It has been finished in the highest quality Amontillado Sherry casks and has been bottled at cask strength (54.6%)

 

In the tradition of Arran Single Malts, this Single Malt Scotch Whisky is non-chillfiltered with no added colouring. Truly a unique expression of Arran in original, stunning packaging.

 

Tasting Notes

 

Nose: The aroma is complex with hints of dark chocolate, cherries and ginger.  Mint toffee and hazelnut emerge with water.

 

Palate: Rich and creamy on the palate with classic sherry wood notes of dried fruit and spice. A confectionary sweetness mingles beautifully with the intrinsic citrus character of the Arran Malt.

 

Finish: Much drier on the long finish with an intriguing peppery note developing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arran Malt Open Day 15th Anniversary Bottling

This is a limited edition of 3 Bourbon barrels from 1995 especially selected and bottled for the Arran Malt Distillery Open Day on 3rd July 2010.

 

The first spirit ran from the stills at the Isle of Arran Distillery at 14.29 on  29th June 1995. To celebrate their 15th year they have selected 3 casks from 1995 (casks 90, 101 and 103) for this extremely rare anniversary bottling.

 

Limited to 600 hand-signed bottles, this exclusive bottling represents both the finest example of the distillers craft and a historic landmark in the evolution of the Isle of Arran Distillery.

 

Robert Burns Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Colour Brass gold, Sauterns

 

Nose Fresh green apples, pear drops, cider, hints of vanilla

 

Taste Apples and sherbet, lemon meringue pie, vanilla

 

Finish Light and crisp - but ever so smooth and gentle - it dances on the tongue. An excellent aperitif with soft apple and gentle spiciness - a whisky calvados!

 

Arran Single Malt Scotch Whisky  Single Cask

Each year, the Distillery Manager at the Arran distillery carefully selects casks which are maturing exceptionally well.

 

These will then be stored either in sherry or bourbon until ready for bottling at cask strength - without chill filtering - to capture the intensity and individual character of the spirit within.

 

Burns 250th Anniversary

A special release to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns (1759-2009). A limited edition bottling of 6,000 bottles worldwide (only 1,800 UK).

 

Officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation, signature & crest. The casks (15 ex-sherry hogsheads) for this bottling were hand-selected by the Distillery Manager, James MacTaggart, from the 1998 distillation.

 

Beautifully presented in a stylish presentation box. The perfect Malt to mark the Homecoming Scotland 2009; a year long celebration of Scottish culture based around the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.

 

Named as the Scottish  First Ministers "Tipple of Choice" for 2009 !

 

TASTING NOTES:

 

Colour:    Golden like an Ayrshire Sunrise

 

Aroma:    Milk-Chocolate & Vanilla mingle with a fresh burst of citrus

 

Palate:    Beautifully rounded malt that dances on the tongue. Heather honey; baked apples & cinnamon

 

Finish:    “A Drams a Dram for A’ That” but this is liquid poetry. Raise a glass of this exceptional whisky and toast the life of an extraordinary man.

 

Arran Scotch Whisky Cask Finish Program:

The Arran Distillery Cask Finish Programme sees a select number of bottlings released each year as limited editions.

 

Carefully selected casks of Arran Single Malt Whisky are re-filled into specialist hand-selected casks from top quality wine and spirit producers worldwide. This "finishing" process is carefully monitored by their staff to ensure they only bottle once a perfect marriage between the two has been achieved

 

 

Robert Burns Blended Scotch Whisky:

Colour Golden amber

 

Nose Sherry, almonds, toffee, treacle, hot sponge cake, banana, hint of oak

 

Taste Dry oaky vanilla with toffee and figs

 

Finish Light with a medium finish, hint of spiciness - a fine example of the Master Blender's Art

 

Lochranza Blended  Scotch Whisky

Colour Deep gold

 

Nose Melted toffee, pears, oak, citrus lime

 

Taste Smooth and sweet, lightly sherried, oaky

 

Finish Velvety smooth with medium finish. Excellent with a dash of water.

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