The complete Arran Smuggler's Series comes with three delicious single malts with different characteristics which make them the perfect collectors item!
The Smugglers' Series Volume 1 ("The Illicit Stills") is an homage to the history of less-than-legal distillation on the Isle of Arran in the 18th and 19th century. The single malt Scotch whisky is crafted from a selection of their malts, including unpeated and heavily peated stock, whisky matured in old bourbon barrels and whisky fully-matured in Port pipes!
Nose: A rather busy nose, packed with dried fruit, floral wafts and light BBQ embers. Subtle coastal elements too
Palate: Peat warmth really starts to build up here, alongside robust Christmas spices. Hints of Sherried plums and a touch of apple.
Finish: Long and full, with plenty of smoke.
The Smugglers' Series Volume 2 ("The High Seas") from the Arran distillery (the first one proved rather popular indeed!). This one has been matured in a combination of rum casks and first-fill bourbon barrels.
Nose: Citrus fruits are at the fore, mingling with smells evocative of the outdoors; a touch of seaweed hints at coastal character. Orchard fruits, white pepper, and a subtle dry note reminiscent of fino sherry make this a complex nose. A hint of burned pine wood is in the background.
Palate: A fizzing mouthfeel with sherbet character. A fresh spearmint note appears and mingles with warm bramley apple pie and ice cream. There is tangy lime marmalade with chilli pepper heat and a whiff of smoke from a just-lit fire of pine logs. The addition of water shows honey dew melon and pear drop sweets.
Finish: Distillery character shines through; notes of apples, citrus and good body are elongated by a backbone of subtle smoke.
The third and final release in the series, Volume 3 ("The Exciseman") brings together whiskies matured in bourbon quarter casks and Madeira casks. (The latter being a nod to casks used by illicit distillers on Arran, who acquired them from Madeira smugglers.)
Nose: The rich honeyed character is immediate on the nose, luxuriously decadent. The fresh coastal character is also evident. Apples, vanilla and a touch of spice are also subtly present with a hint of toasted oak.
Palate: It coats the tongue and the notes of apple and vanilla are in abundance. No hint of dryness on the palate, it grows in sweet intensity and provides a rounded mouthfeel. The addition of water opens up the complexity beautifully and reveals a lighter sweetness of candied lemon.
Finish: Long, luxurious and yet delightfully fresh. The notes of apple and citrus give a lightness of character whilst the body remains solidly complex and robust. A typical Arran with an added layer of sweetness.
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