Distilled & Bottled by Arran
Type: Single Malt
This whisky is aged for 10 years and is a blend of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks, it is bottled without added coloring or chill filtration. Around 2019, Arran changed its bottle shape and branding to what is pictured here. I love the new bottle from its unique shape to its elegant label. This is such a big improvement from the old, busy style, but looks only mean so much. The real question here is how does it taste?
Nose: This starts out malty and sweet with cereal grains and fresh fruit topped with a pinch of nutmeg and a spritz of fresh squeezed lemon. I detect the slightest hint of salt. All combined, it’s a nose that reminds me of a fresh, light breakfast.
Palate: The mouthfeel is light to medium in weight and transitions from breakfast straight into desert with banana slices and vanilla pudding covered in orange zest.
Finish: The finish is medium in length and opens with oranges galore. Lingering notes of raisin, wood tannin and a continuation of nutmeg from the nose round out this pleasant finish which ends with some savory, salted hazelnuts.
Conclusion: This is really delicious whisky from Arran. While not a hugely complex dram, it’s one that is nicely balanced with bourbon influence on the nose and a finish that brings out the sherry cask character.
Fruity, malty and a little nutty with a subtle hint of salt, this bottle from Arran is absolutely worth picking up. Remember that if you can’t find the newer packaging, your local store may still have the old style Arran 10 hanging out on its shelves!
Ratings | Description
1 | Undrinkable
2 | Bad
3 | Poor
4 | Below Average
5 | Average
6 | Above Average
7 | Very Good
8 | Great
9 | Excellent
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