Islands region – 50%ABV – £38 | €45
I’ve got to hand it to the folks at Arran Malt Distillery – every single one of their single malt whiskies are bottled at a minimum of 46% ABV and are non-chill filtered.
“What does that mean?” you might ask? Well, I’ll tell you. Or, should I say, I’ll give you my opinion on the matter:
At 46% ABV, I feel I’m given the freedom to drink the stuff straight or add a wee bit of water, just incase it’s too hot. At 46%, some of the added dimension to the whisky imparted by the alcohol remains.
With the whisky not being chill filtered, there are a lot of great fatty acids that stay in the whisky which help it retain it’s maximum flavor.
As an example of chill filtering verses non-chill filtering, you can check out my review of The Balvenie 21yr Portwood here where I compare the two different versions.
OK, going to go right into this one here… Another special cask finish by Arran – a bit of a strange one but hey, I like strange.
Traces of green apple-y new make spirit.
A dry cool night filled with fallen leaves.
Salty on the mouth with added notes of starfruit.
Finish — A tad garlicy with some hot pepper. Good length.
In sum — Light yet warming – the autumnal note in the tasting of this hit it on the head. A warmer-upper of a whisky. It’s youth is apparent but this is not a fault. I enjoyed the brightness. An extra year or two in a bourbon cask may have helped to balance this whisky out a bit but, if it were in your house house and you offered me some of this whisky; I’d not say no. I may jump at the chance to sip more. Fun stuff.
Special thanks goes out to Andy Hogan for the sample!