Islands region – 46%ABV – $40-45 | £28 | €33
Hidden jems, most of the time are not really hidden. Oftentimes they simply go undetected; even in plain sight.
At 15 years of age, The Arran Malt Distillery is one of the newer kids on the block. So, you may not heave heard of them just yet.
There’s nothing over-the-top or super eye-catching about their standard packaging (though, I think the bottles have a bit of a regal look to them). So, you may have overlooked them in the single malt section of your local spirits shop.
I’m going to dedicate the next couple of weeks to The Arran Malt Distillery and their whiskies. I feel as if I’ve stumbled upon a bit of a hidden gem here and I want to share my findings with you.
Let’s start with their entry level dram – the 10 year old:
On the nose — Aggressive young nose with an initial sea element to it.
Something a bit smokey too (this is not peated but there are mere hints of a beach bonfire).
Getting beyond this and you’ll find obvious notes of crystalized ginger and red delicious apples (or perhaps, delicious red apples).
On the mouth — Nice mouth feel, even steven.
Hot apple cider.
More of the ginger I detected on the nose but not as upfront on the palate.
Wet paper bags filled with white berries (perhaps gooseberry).
Finish — Longy McLongerson, refreshing and sweet.
In sum — The balance is fantastic. It’s not everyday you find an everyday dram but, damn, I done found one! Complex, a bit challenging, immensely enjoyable and easily drunk (the fluid, not me).