First contact from the freshly opened bottle.
Nose: set and easily accessible. Raspberries and strawberries - in the forest, on the bush. Undergrowth. Trees illuminated by the summer sun all day. Pebbles. Earth or clay. In the official taste description there is something about "Petrichor" - the smell of rain on dry earth. I can go with that. A light and pleasant ginger spice paired with orange peel. Grass / foliage. Oatmeal. In the second nose there is an elegant oak and walnut.
Mouth: It announces itself first with a powerful statement, makes the saliva flow properly. And then a wonderfully elegant, harmonious and clear aroma load unfolds very gently. Berry fruits, dark chocolate with a wonderful melt, delicate spice and delicate oak (reminds me of Daftmill). Everything is perfectly integrated, nothing goes beyond the strands or stands out unpleasantly. The alcohol is perfectly integrated, of the 54.5% I feel nothing. Very fine (may sound a little irrelevant - but the opposite is the case).
Finish: lovely, harmonious. Pleasant-fruity. Softly vanilla. So filigree! I have to think of my favorite dessert: panna cotta, solo. The strawberries and sauce are served separately, plus lots of nougat. Delicious. No fuss, no monster. He is in no hurry, keeps fanning out from mouth to mouth and somehow "completely naturally". After the third sip there is a dryness, a nice enamel covers the entire mouth. Wonderful!
Conclusion: Uiuiui, I'm just really touched. It seems to me that I have a milestone malt in the glass here that lets me rearrange everything I've drunk so far (okay, it's not that much now - that's about 350 whiskys). There is a very clear difference for me, for which I still have to find words. The Arran is crystal-clear, round from front to back and has all the qualities (m) of a dream whisky. It is not overloaded, aggravated, loud or brutal. But not closed either. Lively but not jittery, complex but easily accessible, set but not musty. I find it very clean and delicate with a nice depth. For me, fruit and nougat are in the foreground. Perfect mouthfeel!