Six months after the last batch sold out, the award-winning Isle of Arran Distillery has announced the highly anticipated release of the latest edition of the Amarone Cask Finish Single Malt.
Previous bottlings have been received to high acclaim with the most recent batch selling out in just three months. The first edition, released in 2010, scored 96 points out of 100 in The Whisky Bible and has remained one of the most favoured Arran Single Malt limited editions since.
After initially maturing in traditional oak casks over a number of years The Arran Single Malt in this bottling was ‘finished’ in a selection of Amarone wine casks sourced from an artisan producer of this iconic Italian red wine.
Master Distiller, James MacTaggart, carefully monitored this period of secondary maturation to ensure the perfect balance is struck between the Amarone casks and the intrinsic sweet-fruity character of The Arran Malt. The end result is a Single Malt full of charm, complexity and quality.
McTaggart said: “The Amarone Cask Finish has to be one of our most popular limited editions with demand growing for each new expression.
“We’re just as proud of this latest bottling as we were the first and look forward to it being enjoyed by fans of The Arran Malt everywhere.”
Bottled at 50 per cent ABV for concentration of flavour and aroma. A nose of poached pear and honey is followed by toasted almonds and a subtle touch of cranberry.
A palate of dark chocolate and cherry is enriched by muscular notes of dark plum wrestle with bitter-sweet apricots and a hint of cinnamon.
The finesse of The Arran Malt is rounded with the restrained fruit and oak from the Amarone casks for concentrated, yet elegant finish that delivers on all levels.
As with all expressions of the Arran Malt, the Amarone Cask Finish has absolutely no artificial colouring and is not subjected to chill-filtration making it a purely delicious dram.
This edition is part of the core range of Arran Malts and this latest batch is likely to sell out quickly. It will be available at independent whisky shops and on http://www.arranwhisky.com