Here is yet another limited-edition cask finish from the Isle of Arran distillers. I have also tried the single cask cognac finish, the Tokaji Aszu finish (Hungarian wine), and the Robert Burns malt.
This one is aged 8 years in ex-bourbon wood, and 1 year in St. Emilion Grande Cru Classe (whatever that is) wine barrels from France. It is bottled at 50% alc/vol.
The colour is deep orange. The nose is faint at first but water opens it up. Then I get deep notes of oranges and milk chocolate. Sweet and luscious. Very pleasant, nothing sharp in the aroma.
This is very full-bodied whisky, with a viscous mouthfeel. Many layers of fruit quickly develop. The classic Arran profile is evident, sweet and creamy, with some late spice. The whisky really seems to grip the mouth, which I guess could be attributed to tannins from the wood and the wine. It really sinks into the tongue.
The finish leaves a lingering orange taste. Some woody flavour is also evident. This is a really wonderful after-dinner malt with sweet fruity flavours and an enormous presence on the palate.