THE ARRAN MALT - 14 YEAR OLD
Highland (Island) Scotch Whisky
This Distillery bottling of 14 year old Arran Malt has been produced using unpeated malted barley which has helped create a beautifully rounded and well balanced single malt. The Isle of Arran Distillery itself was named Scottish Distiller of the year in 2007, and in 2005 won The Queen's Award for Enterprise - the highest business honour in the UK.
The picture on the original bottle and decorative container show the standing stones of the windswept Machrie Moor on the Isle of Arran - 'Machrie Moor' being the name of Arran Distillery's peated whisky, a limited edition which was bottled for the first time in 2010.
Whilst the Isle of Arran is a young distillery it uses traditional methods of production; the absence of chill-filtration in their process results in a more full bodied and flavoursome malt, and the distillery choose not to add any artificial colouring, ensuring a completely natural and traditional product.
The Arran Malt 14 Year Old is bottled at 46%, stronger than the usual 40% after ex-sherry and ex-bourbon cask maturation.
OFFICIAL TASTING NOTES
Colour: Sunset Copper
Nose: Dried fuits, vanilla and toffee. When a little water is added a salty tang appears.
Palate: A burst of brine leads to warming toffee apples and hazelnuts, followed by dates, chocolate orange and spiced tea cake. The mouthfeel is rich and weighty.
Finish: Cinnamon spices lead to an island style salty wave balancing sweet fruit.
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|