That Boutique-y Whisky Company – Arran – Batch 4

Day 11 of The Whisky Advent Calender from the guys at Drink By The Dram brings me an Arran Batch 4 from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, bottled at 52%. This is what they say about it on the Master of Malt website…

The fourth batch of Arran single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company is another delicious island dram from the distillers on the Isle of Arran!
The label once again features the artist, Emily Chappell, and a friend stranded on a desert island after an ill-fated kayaking trip. It seems like they’ve been there long enough to start making the island feel like home, as they’ve gone and put up a Christmas tree! However, not even their Christmas cheer and cries of help to the Waverley cruise ship can deter an intrepid eagle, who seems intent on swiping their whisky!

Batch 4 is a release of 1,270 bottles. 

‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’ bottles single malts, single grains, blended malts, blends and bourbons from a variety of renowned distilleries. These whiskies are adorned with cultish graphic-novel-style labels.

Have encountered some other drams before of That Boutique-y Whisky Company and found it most of the times to expensive and not all that I tasted I liked sadly… So when this one appeared out of the #WhiskyAdvent calender I was curious to try it out. Especially being a fan of the Arran expressions. Glad to have another chance at this bottlings.

My first impression on the nose is old books and lots of acidity and sourness. Adding water seems to tone it down a bit and cut through some younger spirity notes. I can now spot the typical Arran notes of apples, sweet raisins and fruity notes. But they are hidden very well…

The dusty notes and old books stay around a bit combining with citrus, grapes and vanilla. Detecting also some orange and soft spices in the back. But when adding some more water it gets also some wood glue and wood shavings to it. Notes that I have not tasted before in Arran…

On the palate a bit of the same experience. Too high on sour citrus and granny smith apple notes. Feeling the red apples and creamy vanilla underneath. Finish not that long and in the end the acidity fades away a bit and shows the sweetness shortly. But there is some metallic and glue feeling while tasting reminding me of the buttery Heinz sandwich spread… Well, that is a note I did not expect to write down somewhere while tasting whisky…I tried to find out how old this one is, due to the so young spirit notes I am getting, but could not find it. If someone has more info on this one, please let me know…


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