What’s also emerging, aside from the distillery’s early profile/DNA, is Arran’s overall roundness. Perhaps this indicates Arran’s ability – early on – to work with varied casks [sherry for example], as well as having an aptitude to work at a grand old age. Let’s find out as we get stuck into one of Arran’s earliest and oldest.
N: Oh, this is grand,.. polished, rich, refined whisky whilst still retaining the oily slick, salty grassy character of the previous three drams. Apple fruits [again] into toffee apples, old wax,…. At this age we are getting into far deeper layers such as peppered maple ham, buttery lemon cheesecake,… more toffee-like later, nori,.. . Like the previous 15yo, this settles into something more standard/regular later on [as if it faded/dropped-off in the glass].
T: Nutty vanilla~cream soda before waves of boozy fruity citrus fizziness into salivating chocolate and toffee,.. all of which contribute to a flavour-related mouthfeel.
F: Coppery lemony salty, grassy,… waxy,… moving later towards toffee fudge, lemon meringue > cheesecake,… you get the picture. Elsewhere, there’s something of a [Speyside Distillery] < cinnamon-y heat, which has appeared at various moments throughout the flight, but these are CS single cask whiskies after all, and from Arran’s early years. The cut points must have changed significantly since 1995.
C: A great example of Arran’s earliest distillate working so very well at a significant age. Easily the best dram of the night, so far.