The Arran Single Malt selected for this cask strength expression was initially matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels before being transferred for secondary maturation into smaller Quarter casks also made of the finest American oak. The process of transferring the whisky into the smaller 125 litre sized casks produces far greater contact between the whisky & oak and a faster, more intense maturation.
The end result is a full-bodied expression of Arran Single Malt combining power and finesse full of rich vanilla sweetness and bold peppery spice. Bottling at natural Cask Strength without chill-filtration or artificial colouring of any sort presents this whisky in its purest form. Small casks would have been a common feature of the Arran whisky trade in the eighteenth & nineteenth centuries as they were easier to handle and transport around the island. This bottling brings that tradition back to life.
On the nose, there is apple tart, pineapple brioche, and intense wood spice. The palate opens with the citrus hallmarks of Arran welcoming you, and the sweet spice of cinnamon and vanilla promises a memorable dram. The finish is sweet with honey, pineapple, vanilla, and coconut. Bottled at 56.2% abv.