Arran 16 yo 1996/2013 (53%, A.D. Rattray for Brachadair, hogshead, cask #231, 329 bottles) Colour: pale straw. Nose: this one’s very different from the Boutique-y, with much more barley, porridge, mashed potatoes, milk and custard, then a fruitier side. The whole remains very, very barley-y. With water: more custard, mashed celeriac, cooked turnips… In all cleanliness. Sounds funny but I really like this. Mouth (neat): phew! I wasn’t too fond of the nose but the palate’s easier, sweeter, fruitier and zestier. The same kind of fizziness as in its bro, as well as these jellybeans, liqueurs and marshmallows. Very sweet but remains fresh. With water: very good now, on orange liqueur, a little pepper, a little ginger and touches of coconut. Finish: quite long, with more spices, esp. pepper and ginger. Comments: it’s fun to see water at work. It improves the fruitiness and tames the porridge in the nose, in a way. SGP:551 - 84 points.
The nose starts of fresh with loads of white fruit,
Jonagold apples in the lead. Very nutty on almonds and hazelnuts. Hints of
gooseberries and lime. Coconut, even. Not bad and keeps developing in the
glass. After a few moments, I get some creamy butter and cooked patatoes
(good!) with some green herbs. This is of to a very good start.
Very creamy and round on the palate. White fruit and
pepper at first. Softens up quickly and offers vanilla and honey next. Hints of
banana liqueur, who would have thought? Frangipane cake. Nougat. A slight farmy
touch all the way in the back. I quite like this. Does not need water, but
takes it well.
The finish is medium long and spicy, but the white
fruit remains the leitmotif.
Brachadair is a rising star, it would seem. Patrick
sure knows how to select his casks. Just under 70 EUR, which is value for money
if you ask me.
Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
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