2017 sees James MacTaggart celebrate his 10th year as the master distiller at the Arran distillery.. James has carefully selected a number of first fill bourbon casks laid down in the first few months of his tender back in 2007..
To add to the celebrations Arran decided to hold a tweet tasting for this new release so fronted by Jaclyn McKie the Marketing manager for Arran a selected few were invited along and sent a sample in order to join in.
Bottled at 54.2% abv this single malt is a limited edition of 12,000 bottles, it is natural colour and non chill filtered..
Nose.. Soft fresh fruits wrapped in a coat of white chocolate, rich honey, cinnamon, digestive biscuits and butterscotch.. Subtle citrus notes tease while soft oak and hints of exotic fruit just pop in to say hello.
Palate.. Its a spice bomb.. wonderful spices balanced out with a sweetness from fresh fruits and natural sugars, soft oak and vanilla, toffee and a little caramel give this lots of complex notes with plenty of depth..
Finish.. Long, sweet and spicy.
Thought.. The evening was a great success with everyone really appreciating this malt, we were told that James always appreciates a good bourbon cask and I think he has really produced something worth shouting about with this particular expression.. The whisky was lovely and fresh and delivered a multitude of aromas and flavours.. One to watch out for !!
My thanks to Jaci for including me in this celebration tasting, and I wish James the est of luck for the next 10 years !!
Well Jaci is ready !!