Isle of Arran Distillers Tweet Tasting

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 6.28.08 PMUnfortunately I wasn’t able to join the others in the “Isle of Arran Distillers Tweet Tasting”. But promised to blog about my findings though.

The tasting was the 22nd of April. From a distance I followed the fellow nippers
And not much later I have written my own findings.

1. The Arran Malt, finished in a Sauternes Cask (50%)

  • Color: Sweet golden
  • Nose: Honey, raisins, peach, lemon, tropical fruits like banana, coconut and pineapple
  • Taste: Sweet, but strong. Hints of tropical influences, orange and honey mixed in a blender
  • Finish: Lovely medium

2. The Arran Malt, 18 yr old, Limited Edition (46%)

  • Color: Lovely sunny
  • Nose: Sherry, almonds, spicy and hints of honey and strangely enough mint?
  • Taste: Very tingling, almonds again, smashed with honey in pure yoghurt. Tropical hints, like banana, salty and spicy
  • Finish: Sweet medium with a spicy touch

3. The Arran Malt, UK Exclusive Premium Single Bourbon Cask
(Cask 99 / 103 – 13 yr – 55,3%)

  • Color: Light golden
  • Nose: Soft, sweet, complexity of tropical fruit, peach, sweet apple, kiwi and caramel
  • Taste: Caramel again, but mixed with banana and stroopwafel.
  • Finish: Lovely sweet finish

4. The Arran Malt, 1st White Stag Bottling (52,3%)

  • Color: Amber bold
  • Nose: Very spicy, summerish, fruitiness, apricot and ripe apple  flowers and for some reason a flash back to the 80’s
  • Taste: Spicy, pepperish, fruitiness in combination with honey and very tingly and sharp
  • Finish :Lovely medium with a sharp bite

These 4 are just fabulous Arrans. I’ve got one favorite,
and that is the White Stag Bottling.

IMG_20150501_193309050Arran Whisky has got a fantastic range of whisky and I was honored that I was chosen to try this quartet!

I’d like to try all the whiskies with a drop of water, to see what will happen. For some reason I didn’t find it necessary. I loved all the whiskies like they are.  But the White stag had something the others don’t have. The flashback. Sounds stupid, but I had a flashback to the 80’s. Strange really, I was just a kid, but the nose brought me back.

Not back in school, but it brought me back to a vacation when I was around 8 years old. To a place in France, surrounded by ruins. That’s it. Can’t say what it has to do with this whisky though! I was way too young to drink back then.

Told you it was strange!

Thank you Steve from The Whisky Wire & Arran for the (positive) holiday memory!

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