Arran 10 Year Single Malt Scotch
The Arran Distillery is a relative newcomer to the Scotch world, having first opened in 1995. It is the only distillery on its eponymous island, nestled in the Firth of Clyde between the Campbeltown Peninsula and the Lowlands. Long flying under the radar, the distillery revamped their lineup and image in 2019 and began piquing the interest of Scotch enthusiasts seeking quality whiskey bottled without chill-filtration, at respectable proofs, and with a full and genuine character. Aged in ex-bourbon for 10 years, the nose is herbal and citrusy, with green apple, rich maltiness, and light spice. The palate is nicely full, with vanilla, cinnamon, orange oils, more green apple peel, pear, wildflower honey, biscuits, and toasty malt. The finish is long and elegant, with floral notes, and a hint of ginger spice. Bottled at 46% abv.