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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Saturday, 2 March 2013

ISLE OF ARRAN 1996 UK EXCLUSIVE - DISTILLERY BOTTLING

Next up is a bottling from the lovely island of Arran again.

As I've mentioned in earlier posts, the quality of some of these malts from there are very high in quality. I know many single casks come from there and its 'easy' to pick out and bottle a good cask and make people think its the standard for the distillery - but remember, dear readers, it isn't...

That said, the regular bottlings from the distillery, especially the 12yo Cask Strength and 14yo bottled at 46% are good bottlings indeed! Also their entry level 10yo is a nice dram!

Having praised Arran's more easily obtainable bottlings, I'll (sigh! sorry folks) be reviewing another single cask bottling - this time a UK exclusive...

Arran Distillery wash still - August 19th 2012 © The Malt Desk
Isle of Arran 1996 15yo (11.12.1996/01.10.2012) 53,9%, ex-sherry cask#1968, 263 bottles, Distillery bottling for the UK market

Colour is dark amber

Nose:
Raisins, oily, hint of anise and mint, spices, milk chocolates and praline, heavy malt, apples, hint of varnish

Taste:
Creamy, beautifully measured oloroso influence, coffee shop, dark chocolate, dried fruits, orange liqueur, hint of old cognac, fresh crispy and spicy oak finish.

This is probably the best Arran malt I've tried so far... What a cracker!

90/100!

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