Islands Region – 52.3%ABV – $129 – this stuff is selling out quickly – limited to 6,660 bottles. Yeah, that’s right. 6,660 bottles.
If I were giving out packaging awards today, Arran’s Devil’s Punch Bowl would win it in a heart beat. Hands down, this is some of the coolest packaging for a whisky in a *LONG* time. And it’s not absurd awesome, just awesome-awesome.
And in the open position:
All up close and personal-like:
Even closer and even more personal:
And here is the whisky make up (which, to be honest, is the most important part of the packaging):
Have you fallen in love yet? Yes or no, here’s my review of the whisky:
Quite bright, punchy and alive yet a touch buttery.
A strange thought comes to mind: Not sure why but this reminds me a bit of the Macallan 15yo Fine Oak (I rather like that one). Hmm…
Now a touch of peat sneaks up on me. Burnt things hither and thither; all natural-like and woody.
Bright and sharp yet not at all hot.
Firm peaty backbone.
Peppered apple sauce. A nice mouthfeel.
Finish — One of my favorite Arran characteristics: a good, long finish. This one is peaty and peppery with a bit of honey and sugar.
In sum — Well, not what I expected. Granted, I didn’t know what to expect as I chose to not read reviews or learn too much about this whisky.
On the rare occasions when they do peated whiskies, Arran doesn’t peat much beyond 20ppm. Knowing this, I guessed correctly that this would not be a peat monster. I had heard some off-comments about this whisky in that people expected “more”. Maybe some (due to the whisky name and packaging) expected a fire blast or peat monster.
Me? I think it’s a well constructed whisky that packs a wallop. It’s deliciously tasty, invigorating and of great quality.
Well done, Mr. MacTaggart, you devilish dude you!
Special thanks to the good folks at ImpEx for the ample sample!