Chef! wrote:Have you compared the newer bottling with the one I had?
No I haven't, unfortunately. But I'm quite sure I first saw it one or two years ago on the shelves of the LCBO (Ontario, Canada), along with the Robbie Burns bottling and some others. Could it be that your merchant received a 'combo' shipment (from his/her distributor) that included some older bottlings? Possibly.
The first Arran I ever tried was a high-proof (over 56%ABV), youngish (around 9 years of age) vintage edition from a single Bourbon barrel. It was very
But those more recent issues (especially the single cask ones) seem to display more harmonious flavour spectrums. There's even a coastal suggestion in the Sherry cask release that reminds me a little of Springbank!