Usually appreciating the malts of Arran, I was quite skeptical about its new core range and especially about this one, easily to introduce as an entry level NAS. But the first sip is enough for changing my mind and confirm the good work of the distillery.
Of course, it's clearly a young malt, yet very well balanced and rich of apple, lemon and banana flavour. The alcohol is powerful but not overwhelming and quite soon revealing a distinctive salty taste, with caramel and some spice, for a surprising complexity, related to the young age.
Very good quality for the money: entry level, ok, but not as predictable as it could seem and with a remarkable maritime feeling.