Arran, Sauternes Cask Finish Single Malt (700ml)
Arran, Sauternes Cask Finish
Single Malt Scotch
After initially maturing in traditional ex-bourbon oak casks over a number of years The Arran Single Malt in this bottling was ‘finished’ in a selection of casks that previously held Bordeaux sweet wine.
Arran's Master Distiller, James MacTaggart, has carefully monitored this period of secondary maturation to ensure the perfect balance is struck between the Sauternes casks and the intrinsic sweet-fruity character of The Arran Malt.
The end result is a Single Malt with a rich brooding character, full of complexity and quality.
Nose: Dried apricots preserved in honey, banana fritters, stewed pears, tropical fruits and spice.
Palate: Lemon tart, volcanic salt, sultanas, vanilla biscuits and toasted oak.
Finish: Orange citrus, soft honey, fresh clean and crisp with a little spice.
The Isle of Arran distillery was built in 1995 and is now one of two distilleries on the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s West Coast. The distillery boasts an ideal spot for production and distribution of whisky with warm fresh sea air, close proximity to the mainland and an abundance of fresh soft water. Arran enjoys a warm microclimate – the atmosphere of sea breezes and clear mountain air, together with the warm flow of the Gulf Stream is ideal for the speedy maturation of single malts. In the early 19th century, there were more than 50 whisky distilleries on Arran, most of them illegal and carefully hidden from the eyes of the taxmen. The Island’s malt whisky was shipped to the mainland and enjoyed by the gentry, who regularly ‘took the Arran waters’. It was acclaimed at the time as the best whisky in Scotland – only rivalled by those from the ‘Glen of Livet’.