Review: The Arran Malt Devil’s Punch Bowl

Review: The Arran Malt Devil’s Punch Bowl

arran devil's punch bowl

Best whisky name ever now goes The Arran Malt, whose new Devil’s Punch Bowl single malt is seductive and devilish — and comes with packaging to match.

Named for a glacial hollow called Coire na Ciche on the Isle of Arran, the boggy hill sits in the distillery’s backyard. The whisky inside is drawn from 24 different Arran casks, including some sherry butts, some peated and some unpeated. It is released with no age statement.

The whisky is easy on the peat and comes across instead with an immediate and big sherry character. The dark citrus oil notes are backed with lots of almonds and sweet marzipan, adding a bit of chewy dessert character to the spirit, along with a touch of smoke (but not much). The whisky is a bit warm on the tongue at first — perhaps giving the devil his due — but this fades with time exposed to air. But the most curious thing about an otherwise quite tasty sherried malt is the sharp finish, a kind of acidic tang with touches of red chile and black pepper. Fire and brimstone? You got it.

104.6 proof. 6,660 bottles produced. 600 released in the U.S.

A- / $130

The Arran Malt Devil's Punch Bowl




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. sokojoe on September 19, 2012 at 9:53 am

    The 6,660 bottles is a nice touch.

  2. Bob on September 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Seems a bit gimmicky, but sounds delicious. I’m loving that it’s over 100 proof, too.

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