A roundup of Canadian whisky and blends, Arran and Paul John Distillery Focus plus Australian whisky supplement
The Arran Malt 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Have this before lunch and maybe chilled down.
The Arran Malt 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Really disappointing.Where is the fresh lively sweet character of Arran ? Has it lost its sparkle ? This whisky seems alreadytired.Or is it me ?
The Arran Malt 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 It's a pity that the palate didn't display the balance of the nose. Good, clean sherry though.
The Arran Malt 4 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A lovely whisky for one so young. What will it be like at two or three times this age?
The Arran Malt 4 Years Old, 1997 Single Cask Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30% 8 Keep this for Christmas and drink it with the pudding.
The Arran Malt Bordeaux Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.60% 7 Oddly distinctive. Curiously sweet and savoury.
The Arran Malt Calvados Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.10% 7 Was the Calvados cask notably generous, or is Scotch whisky particularly receptive to the Norman spirit?
The Arran Malt Cognac finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.60% 7 I have observed few happy marriages between whisky and Cognac. Perhaps the rivalry is just too obvious.
The Arran Malt Fino Sherry Cask 8 Years Old
- Scotland - 50.00% 7 The type of maturation has deeply influenced the malt. Elegant and rich but may be a bit too much… like Xmas pudding!
The Arran Malt First 1995, Limited Edition
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 The early releases were promising, and this one has matured well.
The Arran Malt Machrie Moor,Peated 2nd Edition 2004
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A moody offering from the Arran Distillery team.
The Arran Malt Marsala Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.90% 8 Not much connection between nose and palate. But the surprise is pleasant. A beautiful wake-up malt on rainy days.
The Arran Malt Non Chill Filtered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 More a summery malt than a warmer-up. Pleasant but not captivating. Mid-palate is a bit weak.
The Arran Malt Port Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50% 7 Sinful. Bonus points for shamelessness.
The Arran Malt Robert Burns 250 Years Anniversary, 10 Years Old, 1998
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 3 Acharming but whispering dram, refreshing and comforting.
The Arran Malt Rum Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.50% 7 Rather cloying.
The Arran Malt Single Malt Non Chill Filtered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A curious inversion. As though the whisky (rich and sweet, but without penetrating flavours) provides the background, while the sherry and wood are the highlights.
The Arran Malt The Arran Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A subtle yet characterful malt. Sweetness is teased up by dry spices. Beautiful structure. The proof that you can be young and accomplished.
The Arran Malt Tokaji Cask 8 Years Old
- Scotland - 55.00% 7 A well-balanced dram though quite muscular. The palate is not as rich as the nose.
Blackadder Arran 1996 Raw Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.80% 7 Slightly gin-like. I have preferred bottlings that had more contribution from the wood. A touch of vanilla would round out the flavours.
Gordon's Dram The Arran Malt
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A gentle and sweet farewell to one of the gentlest and sweetest men in the industry. Farewell Gordon, we'll miss you.
Provenance Isle of Arran 8 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 A delicate but satisfyingly complex dram. Arran has been getting better and better, perhaps this will be the optimum age.
Provenance Isle of Arran 8 Years Old, Unchillfiltered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Uncomplicated but delicious.
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