700ML // 53.9% ABV
This is an astounding single cask whisky from the Isle of Arran distillery. It was distilled on the 8th August 1996 before a 16 year maturation in a first-fill sherry puncheon. We bottled it on the 11th December 2012 and there are 583 numbered cask-strength bottles available. Expect a wonderful mix of the classically zesty, malty Arran with more than a hint of sherry!
Nose: Huge notes of freshly cut fruit salad and baked apple. Thick toffee, oak and soft spices appear, with dried figs. Very complex and deep – a great deal coming through from the cask.
Palate: Sticky, rich palate entry. Corinth raisins and hints of milk chocolate atop a biscuity malt core, with a touch of tangy citrus. Lovely sherry backbone – this is an unctuous, fruity malt. A sprinkling of allspice and tropical fruit develop late palate.
Finish: Long and spicy. Hints of clove oil and walnut loaf. A dusting of cocoa perhaps.