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Isle of Arran Distillery Smugglers' Series Vol.1 'The Illicit Stills' Tasting notes and reviews

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Isle of Arran Distillery Smugglers' Series Vol.1 'The Illicit Stills'

Brand
Isle of Arran Distillery
Expression
Smugglers' Series Vol.1 'The Illicit Stills'
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Abv
56.40%
Produced at
Isle of Arran Distillery
Region
Islands
Website
www.arranwhisky.com
Availability
Worldwide

Chris Goodrum

83
Nose
Chunky coffee, malt and orange boiled sweets. Baked fruit, barley and light spice with herbal accented peat, coastal notes. With water it is pleasantly juicy with more orange fruit, barley and vanilla oak. Still quite malty though.
Palate
Tannic. Winey with brine and earthy, sweet peat. Woody and a little gritty, coffeed on the middle but the honey and toffee counter. Water sweetens, barley and creamy oak appear.
Finish
Good length if a little masked with herbal and spicy notes lingering. Fruitier with water.
Comment
A big, malty dram that needs some water to assess.

Joel Harrison

93
Nose
Rich syrupy flapjack, a layer of dark chocolate half melting, and place this by the embers of an open fire where the oak smoke is wafting from the hearth. Fantastically layered, balanced and complex.
Palate
The smoke takes a moment to appear, worn by the oak spice as a delicate lace jacket. Tropical fruits – mango and passion fruit given the stage, and then a hint of black cherry before the smoke wafts in again.
Finish
Some smoke, a hint of nutmeg and finally vanilla pods at the end.
Comment
A wonderful whisky with the right balance of age, smoke, spices and fruits.
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