In the early 19th century, there were more than 50 whisky distilleries on Arran, most of them illegal and carefully hidden from the eyes of the taxmen. The Island’s malt whisky was shipped to the mainland and enjoyed by the gentry, who regularly ‘took the Arran waters’.
The Distillery was opened in 1995, at Lochranza, in the north of the Island. During the official opening ceremony, two golden eagles, who live on the mountain behind the Distillery provided a fly past as a ‘thank you’ for halting building work for several weeks to allow them to hatch their chicks. On a warm summer’s day they can still be found, floating high on the thermal currents, before dropping like a stone, hunting their quarry.
Todays expression under review is the 14yo. Bottled at 46%abv and is NCF and is natural colour.. Matured in both European oak and American oak.
Nose… Very floral at first, lots of heather scents and honey notes, some fruit in the form of oranges and peaches come forward while vanilla and caramel mingle nicely with some spicy notes and subtle oak.
Palate… Instantly more spicy, more oak and a gentle sweetness, lots of vanilla, butterscotch, peaches, orange peel and ginger. There are some very pleasent oaky notes that mingle with a soft malty note and fresh picked berries.
Finish… A medium spicy finish.
Thoughts… Another very easy to drink whisky that will almost definately find its way onto many shelfs around the world.