Instead of going crescendo, this Arran tends to pique ahead during dram. Starting with a superb nose, we move to a classic mouth (for this kind of whisky), to finish with a woody too present. Even if the whole form a good Arran Arran (as usual at Arran, I would like to say), I remain a little on my hunger.
Corinthian grapes, liquid caramel, orangetta, a very fine hazelnut smoke. Christmas spices develop, accompanied by milk chocolate praline. A beautiful nose, of course influenced by the Sherry, but also (and especially) quite atypical and rustic.
Brown sugar, caramel, liquid honey. Apricot, pressed orange, some peppery spices. A hint of black tea, blackcurrant, and nuts.
Dry wood is needed and supplants what the mouth had brought, which is swept at once. This change is abrupt and unexpected. Past this woodland, a mentholated ripple refreshes the palate, and some residual sweet spices appear.