It’s got to be Malt of the Month time now that there’s an element of winter in the air. I don’t need much of an excuse for a dram but now that the temperatures have taken a tumble it only makes a whisky even more enjoyable. So here’s what I believe is one of the most accessible malts and one that is enjoyable across the palate spectrum. Complex for the most discerning of connoisseur and approachable for the novices out there keen to dip their toe in the water of life. Arran 10yo (£37). I can still remember working at Oddbins back in 2001 and mocking the young releases from this newly established distillery but it’s quite clear who’s laughing now. As a frequent visitor to Arran and it’s beautiful distillery and considering it was established in 1995 it’s incredible to see such a healthy and thriving business. They can barely make enough to feed its demand and it’s easy to see why. Rich vanilla sweetness gives way to the fruity elements of kiwi, banana, cantaloupe melon with just a dusting of cocoa powder. The palate then reveals a spicy edge and sweet oak. All in all it shows an elegance and deftness of touch that belies the distillery’s youth. These guys clearly use exceptional casks to mature their whisky so this combined with being bottled at 46% ABV Non Chill-Filtered make it one to sit up and take notice. Pop in for a taste sometime.
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