The Arran Malt is the only distillery on the Island of Arran. It was opened in 1995 , in one of the most beautiful locations in Scotland. Only the traditional methods of distilling are used, with wooden washbacks and copper stills designed to exact specifications. The location offers perfect water for whisky production, cleansed by granite and softened by peat as it comes down from the mountain above. The atmosphere of sea breezes and clear mountain air together with the warm flow of the Gulf Stream matures the Arran Malt to perfection in earth floored warehouses.
The Arran Malt 14yr is a beautiful, very well crafted whisky, aged 20% in ex-bourbon and 80% in sherry wood, non chill-filtered, no color added, bottled at 46% alc/vol. (Ahh, music to our ears!) Wonderfully complex.
NOSE: Dried fruits, vanilla and toffee up front. With a little water a salty tang appears, with caramelised fruits inidicating a depth of flavour.
PALATE: An initial burst of brine leads onto warming toffee, apples and hazelnuts. This is followed by dates, chocolate orange and spiced tea cake. The mouthfeel is overwhelmingly rich and weighty.
FINISH: A trademark Arran finish with cinnamon spices leading back to where the experience began, with a classic island-style salty wave balancing the sweet-fruit of the palate.