This week's review focuses on an expression of Arran which was bottled by The Single Cask recently. It is part of a series of 9 bottles which were released for sale in early November at the bar.
As we have previously delved into the history of the Arran distillery, we will not revisit it and will instead proceed directly to the review.
This particular expression of Arran was distilled in 1996, matured in a sherry cask for 19 years and then bottled at 45.8% abv by The Single Cask.
The Single Cask Arran 1996 19 Years Old (45.8% abv)
Colour: Burnt orange
Nose: Initial entry presents some sweetness coupled with gentle spice and a savoury note which is difficult to place. Burnt Seville oranges, lemon zest, oak and cinnamon sugar emerge and are chased by hints of barley, vanilla, hints of sherry and a slightly vegetal note which is tinged with sea salt.
Palate: Initial entry presents a mellow sweetness as well as a good dollop of sherry. Orange juice and orange oil are rather prominent early on, with chewy malt, cinnamon sugar and lemon zest following through. With time, black pepper and oak emerge to lend some dry spice to the proceedings. A final flash of the vegetal note followed by some sea salt.
Finish: Fairly long and sweet on the finish, with mellow spices and some sherry intermingling with the oak and sea salt. The vegetal note recedes into the background once again, but hints of it linger on.
Balance: A very well balanced, rounded and enjoyable expression which exhibits a rather oily mouthfeel with a slightly drying edge. The sherry keeps everything in check without being cloying and allows for the elements to intermingle very well.
This expression of Arran is available for purchase by the bottle and the dram for in-bar consumption and is also available as a part of a flight. Patrons are also able to purchase this bottle for retail/takeaway purposes and more information on this bottle can be obtained from our friendly staff.
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