Isle of Arran Distillers is situated off the southwest coast of Scotland in the village of Lochranza on the Isle of Arran. Their premium, hand-crafted whiskies are made from some of the purest mountain waters in Scotland and are widely recognized as some of the finest malts in the world. Arran is the first of the new wave of Scotch distillers built exclusively to produce single malt rather than blends. Isle of Arran is the only distillery on the island and remains an independent company. Distillery manager James MacTaggart has 30+ years of experience in whiskey production and combines traditional distillation methods with modern technology – washbacks are made from Oregon pine instead of stainless steel, the stills are small copper pots with long narrow necks and the barley blend is unpeated Optic, Braemar and Oxbridge. Each Isle of Arran whiskey is aged in casks, non-chill filtered with no added color and bottled at 46% abv versus the normal 40% abv. The unique microclimate of the Isle allows the malts to mature more quickly, encouraging early development of desirable secondary aromas and flavors.
The Arran Malt 18 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been produced from un-peated malted barley and matured in a selection of the finest ex-Sherry casks. The whisky has not been artificially coloured and has not been chill-filtered at bottling thus retaining the full range of aromas and flavours which typify this unique Island Single Malt. It has been bottled at 46% abv.
NOSE: Rich, lush honey with hints of ginger and dark chocolate.
PALATE: Glides over the tongue in a glorious wave of sweetness and spice. Creme brulee at first followed by bitter orange and charred oak
FINISH: Long and lingering.