The Isle of Arran distillery recently announced another batch of this Amarone ” finish” was to be released so it only seemed right to get myself some to review.. Initially matured in ” traditional oak casks” this malt is then given a finishing period in Amarone wine casks sourced from an artisan producer from Tuescany, Italy.
Bottled at 50%abv and of natural colour and NCF, this is a no age statement whisky ! The whisky actually has the most beautiful tinge to it.. Almost like an Autumn sunset reflecting on the copper coloured leafs still hanging on the trees.
Nose.. Sweet and fruity.. Initially fresh fruits are in abundance, summer fruits, freshly squeezed oranges, bananas, melon and peach all enclosed in a honey jacket.. Vanilla, caramel and a rich dark chocolate notes can all be found lurking within.
Palate.. Spicy notes instantly get your attention before the fruity side is allowed to surface, a hint of aniseed compliments the dark chocolate note along with rum n raisin fudge and a hint of vanilla..
Finish.. Spicy, fruity and a twist of oak..
Thoughts.. The wine finish in this batch seems to work exceptionally well, the balance is just right and the sweetness from the nose is more than balanced out by the spicy twist on the palate.. Certainly worth a punt..
Thanks go to the Isle of Arran Distillery for this sample..
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