...which is delicate and very quaffable. Nothing spectacular about it but why should every dram be spectacular? Every whisky should be enjoyable, and this Arran certainly is.
The colour is pale straw and the nose offers a delicate and flawless fruity-floral profile with some honeys and barley sugars in an appropriate wooden setting. Really nice to sniff - but for lovers of subtle profiles only.
The taste is barley sugary-sweet with notes of white chocolates, ripe fruits and vanilla in a chewy setting. No flaw or imbalance that I can find and the wood again is very appropriate (neither too strong nor too shy). This is just the way whisky should be - balanced and very quaffable...
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is long and turns (even) more milk chocolatey with some impressions of walnuts towards the end. No distracting drying or bitter moments. Water releases additional waxy and grassy aromas in the nose and smoothes the taste - I suggest to try it both neat and a little reduced.