Arran, Amarone, ‘Cask Strength’, Single Malt Scotch Whisky

700 ml,  50% abv, Scotland (Island)

With the Arran Cask Finishes, they transfer the whisky from traditional oak casks and finish it for a period in some more unusual casks to add a different twist to the classic Arran taste profile. The current range comprises of Amarone (fullbodied red wine from Italy), Port (fortified Portuguese wine) and Sauternes (sweet white wine from Bordeaux) with all of the casks sourced from traditional producers of these iconic wines. Bottled at 50% for greater depth of aroma and flavour.

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Nose : Poached pears and honey followed by toasted almonds and a subtle touch of cranberry. With water a coffee note appears together with chocolate orange and mellow butterscotch.

Palate : Dark chocolate, cherry and Turkish delights are evident as are stewed fruits and toffee. Muscular notes of dark plum wrestle with bitter-sweet apricots and a hint of cinnamon.

Finish : A well-balanced combination of the finesse of The Arran Malt and the restrained fruit and oak from the Amarone casks. Concentrated and elegant this malt delivers on all levels.

‘94.5’ Whisky Bible 2014