With enticing aromas of soft fruits, floral notes, honeysuckle and toasted oak this is a real banger from the start. The palate is weighty with flavors of tropical fruit, toffee and marzipan. A rich and gorgeously balanced finish lingers with notes of chocolate, baking spice and vanilla crème.
An island once home to more than 50 illicit still houses, Arran’s last legal distillery shuttered in 1837. In 1994 Harold Currie, the former director of Chivas Regal, realized the dream of bringing the industry back to this community. The first new-make spirits were being put into ex-Sherry and ex-Bourbon casks by June 1995. Arran distillers does things in the most traditional way, beginning with a slow fermentation in large pine vessels, the liquid is then double-distilled in tall, swan-necked copper pots, and then laid to rest in their island warehouse until it reaches maturity. While new entrants to the world of Scotch Whisky usually have an uphill climb to prove their mettle to the rest of the world, The Arran has certainly made aficionados sit up and take notice. This 18-year has been patiently resting, awaiting its debut. Slainté.