On world Scotch day I think it’s important to focus on the success of the industry and for me, here, it’s really important to focus on success in the craft sector.
Way back in 1994, when there was a series of mergers and takeovers occurring in the industry and bigger was better, Arran distillery was being set up. Now 24 years later the distillery has created a fantastic blueprint for how success can be achieved, a second distillery on the island is being built and it has created a formidable array of products. So with all this in mind it is fitting to celebrate this particular success story with one of their drams.
The Arran 14 Year Old 46% abv:
Quite a light dram for one with quite a bit of age on it but a nice hue of soft gold.
Vanilla stands out- the bourbon barrels clearly doing their work. This is followed up by some apple, dried fruit, honey and cinnamon notes which reminds me of strudel.
The fruit notes become a bit bolder with the apples becoming more cooked and toasted and some lemon and orange citrus coming through. A slightly oily feel in the mouth there is a delightful salt note which helps to heighten the vanilla and caramel flavours as well as a more person malt character. The spice is still there acting as a fantastic supporting structure to the whisky.
A slightly grassy note with spices to finish – very more-ish.
This may have been out for a fair few years but it’s absolutely worth returning to!