Comparison between Arran 2006/2018 Small Batch Burgundy Cask 53.6% (WID: 119643) and Arran 2008/2018 Small Batch Tuscan Cask 58.6% (WID: 120849)
The Burgundy shows forest berries and red groats on the nose. Sour cherries thickened with custard. Plus nice whisky fudge. Also a slight hint of sulfur.
The Tuscan is a bit fresher and lighter overall. The fruits tend towards strawberries and raspberries. Cherry banana juice. I also have marzipan and floral notes.
In principle, this continues in the mouth. The Burgundy is fuller and heavier in the mouth. The Tuscan is a bit more lively in comparison. The notes are similar to the nose, only slightly different. They are both a little bit sweeter in the mouth than in the nose, but the fruits are no longer so clearly definable and are now more interwoven. At Burgundy I also have some eraser and minimal gunpowder. With Tuscan I also have orange blossom honey. In addition, I hear a pleasant tingling in both, which I often have with Arrans. Even the oak doesn't look penetrating at all. Often, the wood notes on so young charged whiskys quickly look too clumsy and therefore unpleasant. This is not the case here.
I really like both malts. Of course, these are fairly charged whiskys, but this does not have a fake or disturbing effect. Similar in design, but different in design. This is how I enjoy young, barrel-emphasized whiskys.