If you remember that the first drops of spirit trickled from the stills at Arran in 1995, then you know that this is a rather special release. The whisky matured for a quarter century on a hogshead, which I believe to have held bourbon. My buddy Bob recently came over for a visit and had brought this bottle along. We opened it together – always a magical moment – poured it, tasted it and realized it was good. Very good, in fact.
Delicious nose on overripe pear, apple fritters and apricot pastry. Deep fried donut balls! The a hint of Superman logos (the peach candy) and some freshly cut grass. This is outstanding.
Good mouthfeel and perfectly integrated alcohol. Some woodspice give it warmth, while vanilla makes it very sweet. Almost candy-like. The but fruit shines through admirably: apples, pears, peach with a hint of pineapple on the BBQ.
The finish is not only long and softly spicy, but moreover deliciously sweet and satisfying without even the slightest bite or bitterness.
Kudos to the boys and girls from CasQueteers who selected the cask. Taking part in their cask program enabled you to get two of these for only 110 EUR a bottle. That’s a steal! Thx, Bob!