Sampled at Whisky Birmingham 2015 run by The Birmingham Whisky Club, the first of three whiskies tasted as part of a Chocolate Matching Class.
Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience. as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.
Sweet, honey, fruit – pear? with a spicy edge.
Sweet, honey, a bit of a citrus edge to it with that spicy quality in the background. I found this to be a thick almost waxy whisky which coats your mouth.
Short – particularly considering the thick, waxy quality – very crisp with a burst of orange at the finish.
A good whisky with a surprisingly crisp finish which left me instantly wanting another mouthful.
Matched with an Arriba Milk Chocolate (39% cocoa).
Taken from Arran website:
After initially maturing in traditional oak casks for approximately 8 years, The Arran Single Malt in this bottling was finished in a selection of Sauternes wine casks sourced from an artisan producer of this iconic Bordeaux sweet white wine. Our Master Distiller, James MacTaggart, has carefully monitored this period of secondary maturation to ensure the perfect balance is struck between the Sauternes casks and the intrinsic sweet-fruity character of The Arran Malt. The end result is a Single Malt full of charm, complexity and quality.