Islands Region – 46%ABV – £41 – Limited to 6,000 bottles – not available in US stores.
I’m more of a cat man, really. There’s something about dogs that I just can’t get behind.
Is it the drooling? The constant need for attention? The messy clean-ups of poop and pee-pee? Wait a sec, sounds more like I’m describing one of my girls when they were infants (and I sort of like them…).
I do like dogs, please don’t get me wrong. Perhaps it’s more a love for cats and NOT for dogs. A good cat will hop upon your lap and purr away whilst you do whatever; watch TV, sip on a malt, work on your computer. S/he’ll also not give a crap if you and the family need to go on vacation for a few days. Just put out some fresh water and food and make sure there’s some clean kitty litter and poof, you’re on your way.
The man loves his dog. I can respect that. I love Arran whiskies. It’s a win-win.
If it were me however, the name of my Icon would be dedicated to my now passed cat: Asswípé (pronounced ass-we-pay, folks!). To the left is a mock up of what the packaging would look like.
If you don’t know how to pronounce his name, calling the whisky “The Asswípé” might be taken as just plain rude. I think I’d call it “Meow Malt”
So, what is the Arran “Westie”? It’s a marriage of 22 ex-oloroso sherry refill casks bottled at 46%ABV and like ALL Arran whiskies, non-chill filtered and with no caramel coloring.
Crushed walnuts, shell and all.
Very sweet nose.
This is a fun one to jam your schnoz in to.
On the mouth – Great mouthwatering entry that’s both warming and puckeringly sweet.
Incredibly malty and full of vanilla and caramels.
I keep picturing in my head a bowl full of vanilla bean ice cream with melted caramel – perhaps even some banana.
Maybe it’s in my head but I totally want banana splits right now.
Finish – Malty, waxy medium length.
In sum – A great example of how good Arran can be, even when they veer a bit from their house style (or what I envision their house style to be). A solid any day/any time whisky but might work nice as a woodsy morning malt – wake up, get out of the camping tent, smell the fresh mountain air and pour a dram with your camping pals. Start your morning right.
A big thank you goes out to Andy H for the sample!