Islands region – 50%ABV – £37 | €44
Tasting Arran after Arran after Arran after Arran after Arran after Arran, etc… has been lots of fun but I’m no where near done! For a company that’s only 15yrs old, they’ve had a lot of different bottlings.
Today I’m going delve quickly into something Arran does quite a bit of – special cask finishes.
Currently, Arran has 5 different special cask finishes in their range: This one which is from a Sauternes cask, a Port cask, an Amarone cask, a Moscatel cask and then their 15th year anniversary whisky, an Amontillado Sherry cask finish.
Sauternes is a dessert wine and the first dessert wine I ever had was Sauternes. When it comes to whiskies, I enjoy various wine finished casks. It’s always a treat to try new ones out. Let’s see what this one offers us:
On the nose — Quite unlike some of the other Sauternes finishes whiskies I’ve had.
Very grassy and notes of soured milk.
Lemon zest and walnuts.
Apricot in the distance.
Man, this is an odd one!
On the mouth — Like a mirror of all I discovered on the nose.
Quite the viscous fluid!
Red bitter berries.
Baked apples wwwaaaayyyy in the distance.
Finish — Moves on to more nuts – salted cashews. Very long.
In sum — Complex and balanced but not up my alley. Warming and with just the right mouthfeel but the meatiness of this one was just too much (for me). Some will LOVE this one. I respect it (really, a well constructed whisky), I don’t love it.
Special thanks goes out to Andy Hogan for the sample!