The Arran Malt Amarone Cask
This Distillery bottling of The Arran Malt Amarone cask finish is bottled at the premium strength of 50% and is a rich fruity whisky, full of charm, complexity and quality.
After a number of years maturation in traditional oak casks The Arran Single Malt is finished in Amarone wine casks - an iconic Italian wine of the highest quality. Master Distiller James MacTaggart carefully monitored this period of secondary maturation to ensure the perfect balance between The Arran Malt and the Amarone casks.
No artificial colouring has been added to this whisky ensuring a completely natural and traditional product, the absence of chill-filtration in this product results in a more full bodied and flavoursome malt.
The Isle of Arran Distillery 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.
OFFICIAL TASTING NOTES
Colour: Burnished Copper
Nose: Poached pears and honey followed by toasted almonds and a touch of cranberry. When water is added a coffee note appears together with chocolate orange.
Palate: Dark Chocolate, cherry and Turkish Delight together with stewed fruits and toffee. Dark plum wrestles with apricots and a little cinnamon.
Finish: The finesse of The Arran Malt and the fruit and oak from the Amarone casks are well balanced, concentrated and elegant.
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||Oak Casks, then secondary maturation in Amarone Wine Casks|