This single malt comes from the island of Arran. In terms of regions this sits in the Islands category which is geographically quite spread and I have never really been able to describe the characteristics that a typical Island whisky has to offer. They don’t all have strong peat flavours and I have not come across a sherry bomb. Maybe highland (floral) with coastal influence is the best that I can describe Island whiskies, based on the entry level bottles I have tried from each distillery across the region.
Whisky: Arran 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46% vol.
Nose: Coastal salt, tropical fruit salad, citrus, grass, vanilla, malt
Taste: Biscuits, malts, mango, banana, honey, citrus, vanilla
Finish: Malt, coastal salt
Summary: I find this to be a very intriguing single malt. There is mix of coastal and tropical fruit/citrus characteristics which I really enjoyed. This results in a sweet and savoury experience and the dry finish reminds me of a drinking a dry white wine. I am not sure if the salty coastal notes comes from peat or if the barrels are stored near the sea. Overall, for an entry level single malt in the Arran range I think this is of high quality, there is something delicate about it and a certain degree of complexity and at the price point (£35 at time of publishing) this represents great value for money. I will be seeking out more from their range.
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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