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Friday, 7 December 2012

ISLE OF ARRAN 1996 15YO - CADENHEAD AUTHENTIC COLLECTION

Just recently I reviewed a 16yo Arran malt from Blackadder (reviewed here), which is really showing the great form of this distillery as its moving well into its teen years.

Cadenhead have for a long time been one of my favourite bottlers and I was of course looking forward to trying this one too - this just just slightly younger at 15yo.

Arran 1996/xx.04.2012 15yo, 56,9%, ex-bourbon hogshead, 264 bottles, Cadenhead Authentic Collection

Colour is full straw

Nose:
Sweet caramel/butterscotch nose, creamy hints of red berries and fruit. After a while nose calms down to reveal a lovely malt heart. Water brings out more sweetness from the malt

Taste:
Grassy, citrus fruits - very fresh and not as malt heavy as the nose suggested. Hint of salt and some 'green' notes and apples. Water brings out sweet spicy oak.

Good malt, this one - but not a good as the 16yo reviewed on 21st November...

86/100!

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