Bright, fresh and fruity…
Finally, Arran has come of age, as the distillery, founded only in 1993, now has a full range of core or ongoing age stated malts: 10yo, 19yo, 21yo and as of 2020, the fabulously aged 25yo.
3000 bottles only and matured in in both ex sherry and ex bourbon barrels.
From Dramble, “Bright, fresh and still fruit concentrating. Red berries – newly picked, jammed and preserved – are livened by vein of citric freshness. Plump sultanas and figs are joined by gingerbread biscuits before a transition to nutty sherry with walnut bread alongside white pepper. Reduction is not required at 46%, but is still offers variances on the theme – wild berries with a more ‘hedgerow’ quality together with cinnamon rolls and a bite of soured apple. Lengthy and presenting more of the expected Arran spice. Cinnamon and ginger tingle, but never prickle and feel dialled down and restrained by tempered milk chocolate”.
Official notes read, “Fruit cake with toasted almonds and cinnamon. The juicy zestiness of oranges and mandarins mellows perfectly with manuka honey, muscovado sugar, baked apricots and an interesting white pepper note that provides even more complexity. Creamy and spicy with dark chocolate, walnuts and dark fruits compote”.