Arran distillery only opened in 1995. Famous for producing some of the best (although illegal) whisky in the 18th century, the island supposedly has the purest water in Scotland and a warm climate for speedy maturation. Arran’s whisky is creamy, rich and fruity, not what you would expect from the Islands, but fabulous nonetheless.
Released in 2010, the 14 year old replaced the previous 12 year old expression and is the oldest Arran available to date. It was finished in fresh bourbon (two-thirds into American oak and one-third into European oak) and sherry casks for 2 years before it was bottled.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Zesty, creamy, pears, banaba, oranges, redcurrants, icing sugar, faint smoke.
Palate: Immediately soft, creamy and fruity, then immensely spicy and woody. Salty and coastal, spicy icing sugar and vanilla to finish.
Retails for around £40