This review follows on from my previous review the Robert Burns blend. Here I have the single malt version. I was keen to see what these were all about as I am a fan or Arran.. or shall I say was a fan of Arran. Those who follow the whisky scene closely would have noticed that Arran are currently rebranding their range and as a result have discontinued the 14 year old. I don’t know if this is purely due to low stock, the rebranding or both but either way I am expecting that whatever they put out there will be a notable price hike. The 14 year old was available for £45-50 and the 18 year old for about £80-£90. I expect at least a £10-15 increase in the equivalent replacements and if they do then I will be looking elsewhere to make my purchase. Anyway I expect this single malt to be made from very young Arran malts so I am curious to see how their fresh fruit and coastal profile shows in this one.
Whisky: Robert Burns Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 43%
Nose: Citrus, apples, pears, vegetal, metallic, coconut, vanilla
Taste: Malt, coconut, vanilla, lemon tea, grapefruit, toasted oak
Finish: Short, lemon tea
Summary: This is a nice malt with a good dose of fresh fruity youthfulness. However this is priced over £30 and I just don’t see how this price can be justified. There is not much going on in terms of complexity or development, it is quite simple and if you were to put this alongside the Glen Moray Elgin Classic which you can get for under £20 then you will be convinced that you are being ripped off like I am.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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