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Arran The Illicit Stills

Overall rating
86.21/100
votes
294
Whiskybase ID
WB71963
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Smugglers' Series Vol. 1 - Limited Release
Bottled
16.09.2015
Number of bottles
8700
Strength
56.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 16 09 15
Barcode
5060044482946
Added on
12 sep 2015 11:21 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 633.59

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Whisky Reviews for Arran The Illicit Stills

55 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.21 points

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A great composed whisky.
    • Nose
      soft peat, beautiful oak, smells old, solid, matured, some wax, almonds, marzipan, lamp oil, some soft herbs, little fruit, maybe some bergamot and fresh hay
    • Taste
      Strong in the mouth, slightly sweetish, some leather, but above all wood, citrus and yet clearer peat notes, towards the end the oak is quite tart, aka, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      slight sulfur, suddenly fruity, sweetish, oak, mint.

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    For me unfortunately disappointing and inconsequential - a hype whisky that lives only from its exterior - a great pity
    • Nose
      Very alcoholic - despite extensive ventilation, it opens only very reluctantly - then clove, slightly maritime, subtle smoke, grapefruit sweetened with a little honey - all flavors very restrained - even the addition of water largely evaporated
    • Taste
      Apple, unripe fruits such as apricot and honeydew melon, alcohol-dominant
    • Finish
      short and alcoholic

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Plum too much crushed. Vanilla, a lot of lightness. Fruits. A hint of peat? In the mouth, what sweetness! Perfect integration of alcohol! Velvety! Beautiful fruits until the final! Sparkling spices. Very nice whisky!

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  5. DrunkenHearted did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Whiskyfun:

    Arran ‘The Illicit Stills’ (56.4%, OB, Smugglers’ Series, 8,700 bottles, 2015) Three stars I guess you’ve seen this bottle and the funny ‘carved’ book it comes with, Sergio-Leone-style. Indeed, viva spaghetti westerns!, but isn’t it amazing that they have to do all this, however smart and lovely and funny and perfectly executed it is, to sell us NAS whisky? Because indeed, I don’t seem to find any mentions of an age or of a vintage. So if it's not age-driven, maybe is it flavour-dirven (as they no say) - or is it only packaging-driven? Colour: gold. Nose: can you smoke fresh butter? Starts rather rounded, and, indeed, buttery (not butyric), but it tends to become smokier and smokier, with echoes of young modern Ardbeg. Hessian, perhaps, autumn leaves, a touch of antiseptic… With water: damp hessian, clean mud, porridge, smoke, plasticine. A lot of plasticine. Mouth (neat): a clean, ashy, pretty Islay-style dram, only a notch sweeter, but not quite in the Ardmore or peated-Benriach-style, although I do find peaches in syrup. Is that clear? With water: good sweet peat. Smoked tinned pears – or tinned smoked pears. Yes I know that doesn’t exist. Finish: medium, a tad more citrusy. Comments: I find this style a notch… say hesitant. Not quite a peater, and yet there’s some fairly loud peat, but it’s also got this sweet fruity profile, and yet… Ah another one that lost me. But very good it is. SGP:544 - 82 points.
    I was expecting a little more from that one, so… 

  6. ailean scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  7. Glenrothes1973 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Jackson05 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Was given blind. My guess was a pbs Springbank (a compliment!)

    It’s like a mixture of Ben Nevis 10, and big peat. Or something like that. Very youthful, which is fine, but the complexity only goes so far. Apples, flinty and mineral, chalk, lemons, capers, briney, tart, lime pith, wort. I like this style but to a point. Very clean and accessible spirit, but also youthful and underdeveloped. I like it, but this style can be had for under $100.

  9. Markie81 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. hans1971 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    09-02-2019
    • Nose
      74 74
      vanilla
    • Taste
      78 78
      smoke, vanilla, malt
    • Finish
      76 76
      smoke, vanilla, malt, oak

  12. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    An invigorating and sparkling young whisky, dense and rich, charmingly young, one should not expect depth and some revelations from him, only youthful maximalism and spontaneity, although such a peculiar polishing, "adult" layer manifests itself in development.
    • Nose
      Open, wet, freshly planed boards, wood dust, green grass, citrus notes, fruit shades - apples, peaches; leather goods.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, fairly young, sharp notes - oak, citrus, peaches, apples, ginger-pepper wave, cardboard, grain, lemonade sweetness, lollipops.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, woody-fruit, light, tart ginger notes, grain, lemonade, lollipops.

  14. nallacam scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    classic NAS of a series, weak after the nose ....
    • Nose
      86 86
      A sweet-fruity basic character, clear wooden barrel aroma, citrus, honey, pear, cereals, malt, light alcohol, metallic youth
    • Taste
      83 83
      sparkling strong onset, youthful strong, alcohol is dominant, oak bitterness
    • Finish
      82 82
      medium / short unspectacular

  15. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: Dangerously good, keenly the next editions. Tip, add a small drop of water, it will only increase the pleasure. www.passionduwhisky.com
    • Nose
      Nose: Vegetal and fruity. A touch of peat. A coulis of red fruits. Soft and slightly creamy caramel. Earthy and floral notes emerge with a little water.
    • Taste
      Palate: Powerful and fat. Well-peated peat blends in a very subtle way with the Porto cask. Then oily almonds slip over. Creamy apple and ginger.
    • Finish
      Finale: vegetable bitterness. Light spices. A little dry. Finished on burnt wood, counterbalanced by a welcome sweet freshness.

  16. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2017/07/10/arran-smugglers-serie-vol-1-the-illicit-stills-2015-ob-564/
    • Nose
      N: sia come sia la ricetta, al naso questo alambicco illegale regala note molto fresche di un distillato giovane, con una venatura torbata che proprio non le manda a dire. E quindi notiamo tanto burro fresco, tanto cereale (diremmo: porridge), anche canditi; forse addirittura latte. Tanto, tantissimo limone. Zucchero a velo. Al contempo emerge una nota ‘dolce’ un po’ più calda, diremmo di marmellata, forse confettura d’agrumi? E poi, la torba: un leggero affumicato che ricorda molto, anche se da lontano, la scamorza – affumicata, ovviamente.
    • Taste
      P: il primo impatto è tutto sul limone, sembra di addentare un limone leggermente affumicato e con dello zucchero a velo sopra. Agghiacciante? Non come sembra, a dir la verità. Note ancora burrose, o di panna cotta; una piccola vetta fumosa, quasi pirica, risultante dall’abbinamento tra una torba bella vivace e l’eco della dolcezza da Porto. Per il resto, un senso di vaniglia astratto, e tanta gioventù.
    • Finish
      F: lungo e persistente, limonoso e fumoso; e poi, ancora panna cotta. Pane.

  18. OKoster scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The Illicit Stills whisky from the Arran Distillery is the first release in the Smuggler's Series. This series was released to celebrate the illicit distillation that took place on the island in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Illicit Stills is made with both heavily-peated, medium-peated, and unpeated malt, while also being aged in American oak barrels. The bottle comes packaged inside a hollowed out book.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      74 74

  20. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      A pleasant and elegant sweet nose with vanilla, apricots and banana. Hard to find more specific aromas but that can be because of the NAS.
    • Taste
      Oeps !! This is not what I expected from the nose. Nothing elegant there at all. Strange mix of spices, hot peppers and sweetness. A light peaty taste but not the 50 ppm that's partly used in this mix. Not a lot of balance and a bit too rough for me.
    • Finish
      Medium finish on the sour side with pepper and ginger.

  21. frontalex scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  22. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    This is not bad – far from it, the nose itself is very good – but my earth did not stop spinning either. There was much ado about this release and nowadays it sells for 300 to even 400 EUR in auctions. Well, I guess it’s more a collector’s whisky than a drinker’s one.
    • Nose
      Very creamy nose on mostly citrus and apricots with a hint of overripe banana, Reine Claude plums and lemongrass. Nice touches of peat – quite delicate – giving this some old school character. That was probably planned. Salty edge. Good nose, despite the fact that it is fairly light.
    • Taste
      The body is quite light as well, I must say. Nevertheless a bit creamy and surprisingly spicy. Sea salt and soft peat up front, followed by a mix of peppers and loads of ginger. The fruit has a hard time getting through. Some peach and lime and green grapes. No trace of the port casks, though.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and spicy on some peat and lots of clear citrusy notes.

  23. Lauzz82 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. maltaholic scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  25. maltaholic scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very interesting malt with different facets. Really good!
    • Nose
      Very nice aroma, heavy, but slightly smoky. But the alcohol comes through, is also strong enough.
    • Taste
      Gorgeous Sherrynote - ups, but now comes a heavy start! Oh, powerful, but very fruity, round. A sherry monster! As expected after some time then the oak, also vanilla.
    • Finish
      Now even more seasoning is added. Hmm ...

  26. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very self-contained and very strong NAS, I could even have written a 15 on it and it would have made it more perfect.
    • Nose
      Salt, butter, nice soft peat behind, citrus, dried fruit
    • Taste
      Creamy-strong onset, gentle peat rolls through first, then pure aroma, apricot, papaya, vanilla, sherry, berries and a pepper edge, much to discover!
    • Finish
      Medium to long, delicious peat smoke remains with sherry dryness

  27. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It's a special, very complex Arran for me. Recommended.
    • Nose
      Fruits: apple, pineapple, plum, apricot and citruses, grass, flowers, sweet peat, salt, oil and vanilla
    • Taste
      Very rich. Sweet lemon marmalade, plum syrup, pine, grape, ginger, chili, sweet peat and smoke
    • Finish
      Long, citrusy, sweet and spicy

  28. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  29. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    With water

    The nose is very sweet now on lemon meringue pie and lemon marmalade again

    Palate very creamy still on biscuit and cream, custard etc

    Finish is a little shorter

    This is decent but the shallow profile on the palate costs it points and it is worth about a third of what it costs IMHO.

    Save your money there is much better out there and much cheaper like the JW 18 year Arran I had before this.
    • Nose
      Very light nose, not much going on , there is a little apple, pineapple and plum but its in the background, the alcohol is front loaded here.

      Leave it in the glass a while and you get custard cream biscuits but its all a little boring.
    • Taste
      The palate is better than the nose suggests on biscuits and cream mainly and some lemon marmalade.
    • Finish
      Good medium length, getting sweeter.

  30. Andytka3 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Well integrated grassy notes with oily tar, spicy nutmeg and sweet malt
    lead the way. Touch of citrus and pungency. Water enhance the sweet
    peat.

    P- Robust, rich and jammy sweet, toasted bread and biscuity with lots of berries.

    F- Medium and warm. Weighty mouthfeel with refine spiciness.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  31. squaadgras scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  32. whiskybros scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Our review is http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Arran-The-illicit-stills-Smuggler/c21kp/5742afd20cf293b1a4c6e9e1
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  33. drummer & timmer did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tastingnotes by Arran
    • Nose
       Subtle peat reek rising from a distant fire hints at a robust character to come.
      Floral notes bring elegance, sweetness is shown in the form of fresh madeira cake with
      a maritime oiliness promising rich mouthfeel.
    • Taste
      Juicy plums, spiced with white pepper. Wood smoke of freshly sawn pine.
      The palate develops with gripping tannin as white grapes begin to show. Pink wafer
      biscuits and a blast of spicy ginger appear before the finish.
    • Finish
      The flavour of dried apricots fades before salty, maritime notes take over –
      the dying embers of smugglers’ signal fires on windswept beaches. An Arran dram
      of true unbridled character, reminiscent of the illicit makes which gave rise to the
      illustrious reputation of “the Arran water”.

  34. drummer & timmer did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • The Smugglers’ Series pays homage to the rich history of illicit distillation on the Isle of Arran in the 18th and 19th centuries.
    • Limited Edition of 8,700 Bottles Worldwide
    • Bottled at Natural Cask Strength 56.4% abv.
    • Unique release including our classic un-peated Arran Malt in combination with Arran produced from medium & heavily-peated malt.
    • Includes some of our heavily peated Arran Malt at 50ppm and Arran Malt fully matured in Port Pipes.
    • Non Chill Filtered & No artificial colouring.

  35. Daan Tje scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  36. stefsel111 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      86 86

  37. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I'm convinced. I enjoyed this a lot and wouldn't mind owning a bottle of this.
    • Nose
      Creamy. Pretty citric with lemon zest and lime. The peat is subtle, but definitely there. A pinch of salt. It also has a sweeter element with sweet butter, vanilla and apricots.
    • Taste
      A spicy arrival (chili peppers and ginger mainly) and fairly peaty. A tad rubber-ish, but nothing bothersome. I don't find much port influence. Some canned peaches provide a bit of sweetness.
    • Finish
      Medium in length. Plenty of peat and a bit of citrus.

  38. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  39. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Would I buy more? Yes absolutely! A very interesting, multi-layered malt in an excellent presentation. The prices on the secondary market are now significantly overpriced at the original price.
    • Nose
      Great mixture of strong, warm smoke, fruits like (dried) plums and yellow pears, and a very light, certain maritime saltiness, which spice up the nose like a pinch of salt that does well with a good meal.
    • Taste
      Warm and gentle, he rolls in. White promptly to please. At the same time strong and velvety. Very pleasant texture. The smoke spreads in the mouth and offers a kind of stage on which vanilla notes, pears and grapes, but also exotic fruits, especially ripe papayas, and sweet cappuccino give a rendezvous. The taste changes while the malt remains in the mouth. Simply great. Very complex, complex malt for real connoisseurs.
    • Finish
      Sweet smoke guarantees a full, long finish. The icing on the cake. I have the whole time the parallel to the grandiose TOMATIN Decades in the head. Two distinctively different NAS malts, but their elegance and complexity unite.

  40. Dramlicious scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Please enjoy my review of The Illicit Stills, the first release in Arran’s new The Smuggler’s Series. This trilogy pays tribute to the rich history of whisky distillation on the island.

    http://dramlicious.com/peaty-friday-episode-28/

  41. Hemdl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very good, even pretty good. But very good? No, I miss in this Vatting of sherry, bourbon and port wine barrels that certain "something", the decisive kick. So here is nothing for me to find, which should remain in the longer term in memory and makes the malt unmistakable.
    In any case, the current prices do not do justice to this bottling, but that was not to be expected any other way.
    • Nose
      Green fruits such as apples and grapes, plus a slightly noticeable smoky note. Some honey and vanilla, probably from the used ex-bourbon barrels.
      Overall, pretty sweet with a subtle smoke, nice!
    • Taste
      Dull smoke and strong pepper note. Quite briefly, the flavors come from the port wine barrels used, but lose themselves quite quickly again. Grapes, dark red apples.
    • Finish
      In the long finish then clear peat smoke, coupled with mild dryness by upcoming spice.

  42. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet and creamy, mainly first fill bourbon I suppose. Vanilla sugar, caramel, cookie, peach, malt, apple and peat smoke. With water even sweeter with lime and some ginger.
    • Taste
      Much peatier than the nose. Quite peppery as well. Vanilla, caramel, peach, apple and malt. With water also lime.
    • Finish
      Caramel, vanilla, peat, peach, malt, lime and chocolate.

  43. joep scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  44. scotpeat scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  45. Egge scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Overall a pretty boring whisky - at least for my taste. The high price is by no means justified. After the hype for me a little disappointing.

    The packaging is really very nice.
    • Nose
      Slight notes of fruit, maybe orange. Overall, very little. Very reserved smoke
    • Taste
      Spicy start, then fruity, always with a slight spicy note. Echoes of smoke.
    • Finish
      A little oak, a little more smoke.

  46. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The dram is good especially the up and down in the mouth and the hype about this whisky is possibly due to its rare amount of bottles and unique packaging. I was happy to had it in my glass but cannot recommend to invest 200€ for it.
    • Nose
      Fruity: Mandarins, oranges, plums and lychees 

      In the back a bit of oak 
    • Taste
      Spicy start, very intense then fruity (plums, oranges) some smoke, some oak. Very special rollercoaster tour :-)
    • Finish
      The finish is good and quite long you first have the fruity finish then some oak. The dram remains positive in the throat.

  47. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  48. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Buttery, smoky, plasticine
    • Taste
      Ashy, sweet, peat smoke, fruity (peaches, pears)
    • Finish
      Medium long, fruity, smoky

  49. hfos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  50. Drochaid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Thanks to its strong body and strong peat influence, the whisky is reminiscent of Aqua Vitae, which was originally burned on the island. This was achieved by the perfect blend of classic non-peated Arran, Arran from medium to heavily peated malt (up to 50 ppm) and Arran, which matured in port barrels. This creates peat smoke in perfect balance with the sweetness of old bourbon barrels and the rich and fruity influence of port barrels. The result is a fresh, full-bodied and complex whisky.

  51. wbarchive_73116 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    As far as I can tell this is the most overrated and overhyped whisky I have seen and tasted in years. Yes, it is worse than some recent Ardbeg and Glenmorangie bottlings, for example, in my opinion.

    This whisky is nowhere near as peaty as I would have thought nor is it as porty as I would have wished. But still the peat and the port manage to cover quite a bit of the lovely Arran character so this bottling ends up sitting somewhere in the middle between everything. That is not exactly a bad thing but it isn't a particularly good thing either. Same goes for the integration of the alcohol, which is mediocre at best. Be careful with water though, it seems to drown rather easy thanks to its rather flat aroma profile.

    The usual retail price seems to be around 120 EUR which, in my opinion, is already way too much. It is worth half that price at best, so you pay its price on top again for some fancy packaging. Which is nice, I have to admit, but in the end this bottling is simply not worth this amount of money. And I haven't even started to go on about the ridiculous prices they charge you in various places like the WB marketplace and certain shops.

    So, at the end of the day this is ok-ish whisky in a fancy packaging which cannot keep up with the expectations because it is not particularly well made (with apologies to the good people at Arran, but this really isn't your brightest hour) and it suffers even more from a very optimistic pricing policy.

  52. shaven scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    I don't agree with the review of whiskyfun. Instead of complaining about the smuggler being a NAS, he should have researched why it is one. After the devil's punchbowl series they weren't allowed to publish the vintage of the used casks anymore. I do believe that the last punchbowl (III) didn't have these as well.

  53. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An intriguing first release in the Arran Smugglers’ Edition Series
    which is a trilogy of three limited editions. This heavily peated dram
    is well-balanced with delicate sweetness, gentle yellow fruits and malty
    flavours. Although filled at cask strength, the alcohol is well
    integrated and not pungent at all. A full bodied and multilayered
    whisky. Another big shot from the Arran Distillery team.

    I thank Rob Bert Meyer for sharing a sample with me.

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      Wow - there's a lot going on here. Sweetness of yellow fruit, apples and
      plums, complemented by gentle smoke rising from a nice peat fire.
      Behind that malted barley and lingering vanilla emerge with the alcohol
      being well integrated. Elegant floral notes occur along with a whiff of
      coastal aroma. An excellent and addictive nose.
    • Taste
      Initially, smouldering peat starts up complemented by luscious sweet
      yellow fruit. Melons, yellow plums and apples emerge along with
      signficant malty flavours. Lingering spicy oak and white pepper provide
      the mouth grips. Bold, warm and intense. Very pleasant.
    • Finish
      A very long, rich and warm finish. Flavours of sweet maltiness fade,
      before maritime notes take over along with lots of smoke and lingering
      peat warmth. Delicate spice stick on your tongue for hours.

      WITH
      WATER: Water tames a bit the peat smoke on the nose with increased
      yellow fruit coming through. It's still bold and intense on the palate
      with sweetness and lots of malted barley, complemented by gentle peat
      and smoke. This results in a medium to long finish and prickling oak
      spice occur on your tongue. Very enjoyable.

  54. brechtvds scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    tasting notes from the master of malt site 

    Nose: A rather busy nose, packed with dried fruit, floral wafts and light BBQ embers. Subtle coastal elements too...Palate: Peat warmth really starts to build up here, alongside robust Christmas spices. Hints of Sherried plums and a touch of apple.Finish: Long and full, with plenty of smoke.

  55. Bastafari did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Official tasting notes from Arran: 

    COLOUR: Rusting iron barrel chime rings

    NOSE: Subtle peat reek rising from a distant fire hints at a robust character to come. Floral notes bring elegance, sweetness is shown in the form of fresh madeira cake with a maritime oiliness promising rich mouthfeel.

    PALATE: Juicy plums, spiced with white pepper. Wood smoke of freshly sawn pine. The palate develops with gripping tannin as white grapes begin to show. Pink wafer biscuits and a blast of spicy ginger appear before the finish

    FINISH: The flavour of dried apricots fades before salty, maritime notes take over the dying embers of smugglers’ signal fires on windswept beaches. An Arran dram of true unbridled character, reminiscent of the illicit makes which gave rise to the illustrious reputation of “the Arran water”.

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