.arran – that boutique-y whisky company – batch 4

One of my favourite distilleries at this moment, Arran, tucked away behind door number 11 of Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar 2015. One of their sister company's own bottling line no less...52% abv, €60*, single maltNose: an old book store, Granny Smith apples, sweet, vanilla, pickles, Heinz Sandwich SpreadPalate: sweet, vanilla, fruity, Granny Smith apples, … Continue reading .arran – that boutique-y whisky company – batch 4

.arran – 14yo – twe exclusive

Our friend Billy from the Whisky Exchange, provided us with some samples of whisky all exclusive for sale at the Whisky Exchange shop, among which this beautiful 14yo ex-bourbon barrel matured Arran whisky..picture nicked fromthewhiskyexchange.com55.5% abv, €100, single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colourNose: fruity, sweet, floral, jasmine flowers, honeysuckle, a hint of liquoricePalate: sweet, floral, … Continue reading .arran – 14yo – twe exclusive

.the arran – white stag – first release

Coming of age in May, after which she will be bottled to be 18yo at the release in June 2015, during the Arran festival. It will be a special bottling for the Arran White Stag Ambassador programme, chosen by their tasting panel. She has matured in a refilled ex-Oloroso hogshead and will only give 214 bottles worldwide.54.2% abv, €??, single … Continue reading .the arran – white stag – first release

.the arran – premium single bourbon cask – #99/130

Once in a while a cask of whisky seems to stand out so much, it would be a shame to marry it off and lose it in a larger batch of whisky. In such case, a sack gets special treatment and is bottled on it's own and released as a premium single cask with the Arran … Continue reading .the arran – premium single bourbon cask – #99/130

.the arran – 18yo – first release

Starting with the first official 16yo two years ago, followed by the 17yo last year, now the Arran have released their first official 18yo. As with her predecessors, she has matured in a selection of ex-Sherry casks and is bottles in a limited release of only 9000 bottles. Unlike the previous two, the plans for the 18yo … Continue reading .the arran – 18yo – first release

.the arran – sauternes cask finish

Originally she started her maturation for about eight years in [most likely] refill ex-Bourbon casks, after which she received an extra period of [undetermined] months in an ex-Sauternes sweet white Bordeaux dessert wine cask.50% abv, €40, single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colourNose: sweet, peardrops, honey, floral, heather, fresh red fruit, red berries, raspberries, cinnamon, citrus, orange zest, … Continue reading .the arran – sauternes cask finish

.arran – 18yo – old particular

From the lovely Isle of Arran distillery, cared for and matured in a dark corner of Douglas Laing's warehouse for eighteen long years, a sweet, very sweet dram. One to get to know, perhaps..?48.8% abv, €100, single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colourNose: sweet, vanilla, fruity, green apples, pears, sweet melonsPalate: sweet, honey, cotton candy, fudgeFinish: sweet, honey, … Continue reading .arran – 18yo – old particular

.the arran – devils punchbowl – chapter 3

The third and final chapter of the Arran Malt's The Devil's Punchbowl trilogy called "The Fiendish Finale", which shall be released on the 30th of July 2014. As with the previous chapters, the whisky is put together from a series of hand picked casks, this time consisting of eight ex-Sherry butts, eight French Oak Barriques and five ex-Bourbon barrels. … Continue reading .the arran – devils punchbowl – chapter 3

.the arran – 17yo

46% abv, €70, single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colourNose: sweet, warm apples, citrus, full-ripe tangerine peel, sweet lime-juice, cinnamon, a hint of star-anisePalate: sweet, cinnamon, dried fruit, plums, apricots, dark chocolate, citrus, orange zestFinish: medium long, semi-dry, sweet, slight marmalade like bitterMark: ++++/+Conclusion: a very likeable dram. As "whisky" as a whisky can get. I am … Continue reading .the arran – 17yo

.the arran – miss black

51.6% abv, €85, single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour, single cask, cask strengthNose: wood-chips, a hint of sulphur, sweet, honey, floral, obvious Sherry, raisins, old fashioned hard liquoricePalate: sweet and dry, fruity, dried fruits, raisins, spicy, white pepper, stone fruits, mango, dark red cherries, a hint of sulphur, liquorice-root, cocoaFinish: thick, mouth coating, spicy, layer-cake, fruity, … Continue reading .the arran – miss black