Nose: The nose is a wonderful mélange of sweet syrup, wood spice and vanilla. There are also notes of toasted oak, almonds, nuts and fragrant wild flower honey. Very nicely integrated. Fresh yet perfumed. With baked apple desert, to add a nice fruity edge. This is the kind of nose you can sniff, and sniff for quite a long time. Classic stuff.
Palate: Toffee , candy and rum soaked sponge cake. Chocolate, spice and some cinnamon buns as well as honey, vanilla custard and toasted oak I like it very very much. It’s dry but it’s mouth watering. Really lovely honeyed feeling to it, and the sherry is not overpowering, but it’s there for added sweetness. that’s for sure.
Finish: Dry. Toasted oak and Chocolate truffles ,with almonds and cocoa powder.
This is really excellent stuff, a true milestone, and you have to admit Arran are making awesome whiskies recently. They got the right spirit, and the casks are great, they are doing a good job of vatting casks, and producing ‘A’ level whiskies. No games, no tricks. Whisky.
Splendid stuff, and I like it a lot.
If you can find a bottle, get one, while it lasts. 9,000 bottles of this quality tend to disappear quickly.