N: A 2nd refill oloroso cask is a fine thing indeed. Salted caramel (oh that's SMWS noted too), nutty sweet rice and soft floury grain notes along with a chocolate-fruit ice-cream topping sauce - ah it's the raspberry ripple sauce I'm getting that SMWS mentioned on the palate. Youthful with a confidently tender cask influence.
T: Big, sharpish-prickly arrival, damn! Best to wait for the unravel on mild sweet=herbal caramel. With water and time it’s more like an Irish, Bushmills pot still vibe - that putty note becoming stronger and stronger. Once past the initial hot arrival, the release flows effortlessly into the finish.
F: Mild, waxy, slightly salty white butter caramel with a little sour-herbal (tea leaves) at the finish.
C: Let down only by the arrival [that water can't rectify], this is a refreshingly herbal, mildly-sweet Arran which often sits somewhere between sherry and bourbon, that cask playing quite a role.
Scores a C+