Arran – 18 year old – Tasting Note

The Arran 18 Year Old: Produced from un-peated malted barley & matured in a selection of ex-Sherry casks. The last in a trilogy of releases of 16, 17 & 18 year old whisky. Had a first taste of this one at the #ArranWhisky Twitter Tasting. Great expression again from this distillery.

Nose
Sweet, fruit, light bit malty note, cream, rich notes, bit dates and some light leathery note. Red apple, fudge, vanilla, chocolate, cassis, red summer fruit in the back. Apple strudel feel with powdered sugar, some citrus freshness, brambles, raspberry and lemon drizzled sponge cake.

Palate
Sweet, fruit, red apples, vanilla, raisin, honey sweet, dates, sponge cake, creamy, kiwi, orange, little bit of lemon, chocolate, dried mango, dried pineapple, hint of eucalyptus and sweet dried fruits like dried apricots and dried banana.

Finish
Medium length finish, sweet, fruit and a bit of red apple and some banana. Definitely chocolate, marzipan and vanilla. Thinking of a chocolate fountain where you stick some fruits in, lovely lush.

Score
An 8 out of 10 for this great dram. Sweet, fruity and balanced.

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