This is an excellent no island peat/smoke example of an Island whisky. The nose is salt, malt, vanilla, floral almost wildflower or honeysuckle and grassy notes, very light caramel, fruit. Taste is salted caramel, vanilla, apple, pear, sea salt, cereal sweetness, malt, an earthy note. Finish is medium to medium long with the saltiness, vanilla, and fruit lingering on to the end. To the end of the finish you get the malt and a bit of oak tannin ramping up a bit. Overall an Island dram I would drink and buy again and again.
Arran 10 Year Old Unchillfiltered
Official Tasting Notes
Colour: Ripe Golden Barley
Aroma: The initial rush of rich vanilla sweetness gives way to the fruits of slow distillation – kiwi, banana, cantaloupe melon – with just a dusting of cocoa powder. It is undoubtedly complex and yet the aromas are in complete harmony with the malt.
Palate: A touch of cinnamon adds a spicy edge to the soft and sweet texture which captivates the palate. The classic Arran citrus notes have rounded with age and reveal new depths of character against a background of sweet oak.
Finish: It drifts over the tongue like golden syrup and fades ever so slowly to tempt another sip. This is a beautifully made whisky. Arran has come a long way in 10 years. Truly the best things in life are always worth waiting for!
750ML, Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Scotland