THE ARRAN MALT - 10 YEAR OLD
Highland (Island) Scotch Whisky
This Distillery bottling of 10 year old Arran Malt is produced using unpeated malted barley, helping to create a beautifully rounded and well balanced single malt - winning Silver Medal Winner at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2006, and recently scoring 93pts out of 100 in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.
The picture on the original 700ml bottle and decorative container show the standing stones of Machrie Moor on the Isle of Arran - 'Machrie Moor' is the name of Arran Distillery's first peated whisky, a limited edition bottled in 2010).
No artificial colouring has been added to this whisky ensuring a completely natural and traditional product It has been bottled at 46%, not the usual 40% after ex-sherry and ex-bourbon cask maturation.
OFFICIAL TASTING NOTES
Colour: Ripe Golden Barley
Nose: An initial rush of vanilla sweetness gives way to the fruits of slow distillation - kiwi, banana, cantaloupe melon - with a dusting of cocoa powder. It is complex and yet the aromas are in harmony with the malt
Palate: Cinnamon adds a spicy edge to the soft and sweet texture. Classic Arran citrus notes reveal a new depth of character against a background of sweet oak.
Finish: Drifts over the tongue like golden syrup and fades slowly
ABOUT THE DISTILLERY
Isle of Arran Distillery was the first legal distillery to open on the Isle of Arran for 150 years and is one of the few remaining independent distilleries in Scotland.
The Distillery opened in 1995 in a purpose made building, but uses only traditional methods of distilling with wooden washbacks and copper stills. There is no peat used in the production process, no caramel added for artificial colouring and Arran Single Malts are also non-chill filtered. The water for the whisky comes from Loch na Davie, in the hills overlooking the distillery.
During construction of the distillery, a pair of Golden Eagles built their nest on a nearby cliff, and as they are a protected species, construction of the distillery was temporarily halted. The visitor centre was opened in 1997 by HM the Queen, who was given a cask of whisky for Prince William and Prince Harry. The first Whisky was released in 1998.
|Whisky Subscription Level||Bronze, Silver, Gold|
|Distillery||Isle of Arran|
|Category||Single Malt Scotch Whisky|
|Bottler||Isle of Arran Distillery|
|Non Chill Filtered||Yes|
|Cask Type||Ex-sherry and ex- bouron|