Nose: sweet, warm apples, citrus, full-ripe tangerine peel, sweet lime-juice, cinnamon, a hint of star-anise
Palate: sweet, cinnamon, dried fruit, plums, apricots, dark chocolate, citrus, orange zest
Finish: medium long, semi-dry, sweet, slight marmalade like bitter
Conclusion: a very likeable dram. As “whisky” as a whisky can get.
I am really curious towards the first release of the 18 years old in Spring 2015, in order to have a small vertical tasting of the three consecutive first releases (16, 17 and 18) in one session.
More info from the sellsheet: “This Limited Edition release of The Arran Malt at 17 Years Old has been produced from un-peated malted barley and matured in a selection of the finest ex-Sherry casks. The whisky has not been artificially coloured and has not been chill-filtered at bottling thus retaining the full range of aromas and flavours which typify this unique Island Single Malt. Only 9,000 bottles of The Arran Malt 17 Years Old have been released worldwide. This bottling is the second in a series marking the countdown to the launch of The Arran Malt 18 Years Old in Spring 2015.”