Tasting note: Perfect bright amber gold. Pillow-soft, floral bouquet. Less the overt fruitiness of some previous bottlings, merely hinting at pear and ripe apple; flashes of rock candy, honey, barley and cocoa, filling out with air contact. Impeccable purity. Creamy-yet-fresh delivery offering a clinic on balance. Mid palate borders on sublime in its oily, malty, honey-glazed feel. Stunning, effortless, sensual whisky. 46% Alc./Vol.
Following on from the previous limited edition 18 year old, Arran 18 year old has now become part of the core range! It’s bottled without chill-filtration or artificial colouring.
Other reviews… This expression is the culmination of Arran’s trilogy of 16, 17, and 18 year old releases, matured in sherry hogsheads. It is the oldest ‘house’ offering to date. Floral and fragrant on the nose, with soft fruits and marzipan. Balanced and rounded. Viscous and full-bodied on the palate, with fruit spices, vanilla, sweet sherry, orange marmalade, and finally raisins. Slowly drying to spicy plain chocolate and licorice. (9,000 bottles.)