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.
After initially maturing in traditional oak casks for about 8 years, The Arran Malt Port Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky was finished in the selection of Port casks, sourced from an artisan producer of this iconic Portuguese wine.
NOSE: Vanilla, spice and ripe citrus evolve with air to offer pronounced but elegant notes of dried fruits and toasted nuts.
PALATE: Complex layers of fruits, baking spices, and plum pudding nicely integrate with barley, fudge and mandarin.
FINISH: Classic Arran with elements of sweet barley.