This week's review brings us back to a distillery that we know rather well: Arran!
As we have previously delved into the history of the distillery, we will not revisit the information and it can instead be found at the following link: Arran
This week's review focuses on an expression of Arran which was distilled in 1996 (the year after the distillery's inception), matured for 18 long years in a first fill sherry puncheon and then bottled at a cask strength abv of 52.6% by independent bottler Carn Mor for their Celebration of the Cask range.
So, let's dive right into the review!
Arran 1996 18 Years Old (Bottled by Carn Mor, 52.6% abv)
Colour: Burnished copper
Nose: Deep red fruits, cinnamon and acetone on the rather full nose, with dense sherry and some nutmeg making an appearance later on alongside some toasted oak and hazelnuts.
Palate: Rich, dense sherry coupled with sherried raisins, acetone, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper emerge early on, followed by nectarines, peaches, pitted prunes and some dates. The oak becomes more prominent with time and there is a whiff of cigar smoke and ash at the very end.
Finish: Long, lingering and rich on the finish, with the sherry, rich red fruits, oak and some wood spice hanging on to the very end. Some hints of clotted cream bring things to a close.
Balance: An exceptionally well-balanced dram which exhibits a multitude of complexities and flavours. One to savour slowly for sure and the mouthfeel is oily with a touch of dryness.
This expression of Arran is available only by the glass or as a part of the Celebration of the Cask flight offered at the bar. Please hurry as there isn't much left to savour!
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