Arran 10 Year Old Malt, Distillery Bottled
- Vanilla sweetness followed by tropical fruit and spice finish.
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- Arran Distillery
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- The distillery is situated to the East of the village of Lochranza at the North of the island and takes its water from the Loch na Davie. Founded in 1993, by Chivas BrothersÂ’ retiring managing director, Harold Currie, the distillery is the only one on the Isle of Arran since the most recent legally run distillery, Â‘LaggÂ’, was closed in 1837. Mr Currie stylized the buildings with the intention of giving them a much more traditional, classic appearance. During the early stages of building, work was briefly interrupted when a pair of Golden Eagles, nesting in the crags above the distillery, tended to their young. The eagles can be seen, to this day, from the courtyard at the distillery. Production began on the 17th August 1995. A year later and a one year old was released, of course not technically a whisky, it was released as Â‘Arran 1 Year Old SpiritÂ’, and showed great promise for a spirit still in its proverbial adolescence. Though Arran has a capacity of 750,000 litres, the distillery only produces a around a fifth of this. The core expressions include a ten year old, officially released in 2006, and a cask-strength, the ominously named Â‘100 ProofÂ’. Yearly single cask special editions are released, finished in either sherry or bourbon butts. Some interesting finishes have also been released, including a Bordeaux, a port and a Calvados.
This is an excellently fresh island malt with a touch of sweetness. Characterised by baked apple with a touch of cinnamon spice which is all wrapped together with vanilla oakiness.
- "The varying proof level of whisky means that, unlike most wines, the palate can be bludgeoned by alcohol. Better to take your time and sniff and sip gently over the evening. The Arran is a joy to nurse, with creamy vanilla and coconut on the palate." - Will Lyons, The Best Whiskies for Burns Night, The Times
JIM MURRAY'S WHISKY BIBLE - 93 POINTS. Initially there is a vanilla sweetness on the nose. This is followed by fruit aromas ie banana and kiwi fruit.The flavour of cinnamon adds a spicy edge to the soft and sweet texture of the palate. The finish is long.
- Jim Murray's Whisky Bible - 93 Points
San Francisco World Spirits Competition - Double Gold
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