Batch #2 of this rarity, a cask strength bottling of Arran 12 Years Old, was crafted from 17 first-fill sherry butts and 4 second-fill sherry hogsheads. There can’t be much of this to go around. In fact, as I type this, Arran is already on Batch #3 according to its website.
The nose is hot, but pretty. Nougat, malty — almost bread-like — with dense orange and spiced apple notes after. On the palate, the orange character takes on some raisin, marshmallow, and marzipan. Though it’s only 107.2 proof — many cask strength bottlings are far higher in alcohol — it really benefits from a few drops of water, soothing the heat and bringing out the more enchanting, dessert-like components of the malt — with even a touch of chocolate that you don’t find when sipping it sans water.
Fun stuff from the only distillery on the Isle of Arran.
- Review: The Arran Malt 17 Years Old and Arran Sherry Premium Single Cask 1997
- Review: The Arran Malt 12 Years Old Cask Strength
- Review: Isle of Arran 15th Anniversary Single Malt Whisky
- Review: Tamdhu Batch Strength Single Malt Whisky