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The 18 year old Arran was added to the distillery's core range in 2016 for its 21st anniversary. Bottled at 46%, un-Chillfiltered and with no colouring added, the Arran 18 year old is created from carefully selected Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry casks. Rich, fruity with some soft spices in style, the 18 year year old Arran represents a great value for its age.
Nose: fruit flan, honey, heather and vanilla cream; melons, juicy orange and barley sugars; loads of white chocolate, maple syrup and chocolate covered almonds.
Palate: more fruit flan, vanilla cream, heather and creamed honey; loads of barley sugars, ginger and cinnamon with maple syrup, chocolate covered almonds; big orange, melons and white fruits.
Finish: long, coating, creamy and spicy; loads of fruits, subtle spices and balanced oak; very layered.
Comment: this is lovely, the distillery's first core 18 year old bottling has easily met my expectations; a fitting tribute to their 21st year!
Distiller's Tasting Note
Aroma: Sweet orchard fruits with syrup and toasted oak. Vanilla and light cinnamon spice.
Palate: Sweetness dances on the tongue with chocolate, ginger, caramelised brown sugar and vanilla. Water uncovers floral notes and aromatic orange fondant creams.
Finish: Long, lingering and luxurious. The classic Arran citrus and orchard fruits mingle with milk brioche and dark chocolate. A memorable depth of character, Arran is fully mature at 18 years-old.
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