Review: Arran 18 yr

In the past I tried a couple of Arran’s whisky range. Their high reputation was the top reason I was really looking forward to the 18 yr old. The Arran 18 yr is a lovely single malt scotch whisky produced in the Scottish island of Arran.

This time, I tried a whisky that was matured on the best ex-sherry casks and ex-bourbon casks, what gives it a very complex taste. I also had a chocolate heart of gold ready for that extra adventurous bite.

Great fact! In another review I compared the “Arran” experience with a flashback to the 80’s.

“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”

The Arran 18 yr old has the same effect. I love ruins, castles and everything else that is historic, smells musty and has a story to tell. There is so much to discover at those mysterious sights, just like whisky. A complexity of different smells takes you to places you’ve been to, never been to or wish to go to. It just wants you to go on an adventure …. it’s that simple.

The tasting notes:

  • Color: Warm Copper gold
  • Nose: Custard, flower honey, raisins, plums, salty edge, red pepper, sweet chilly pepper, marzipan, cinnamon, pineapple, mango and a complexity of lemon, citrus and lavender fields
  • Taste: Warm spicy, basis, vanilla, oily, lavender, mandarin with layers of custard, sultana’s, lemon, salt, red apples, citrus, cinnamon and a menthol complexity, a fresh mentos bite.
  • Finish: Oily and very pleasant mouthfeel

Suggestions: No water is needed for this whisky. However, when you have a bar of chocolate with a filling of hazelnut cream, please pair it. I bought mine at the local bakery for it’s almost valentine’s day (had the red version too, but choose gold for this one). It’s dark chocolate with a filing that is finger-licking good, so my advise is to go to your own bakery and get some.

If you like to pay a visit, but the distance is just to far, visit the website of Arran Distillery it’s not that far away and worth to visit.



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