Getting a taste for whisky

We went on a whisky tasting night, inspired after Burns night. We tried  four whiskys from the Isle of Arran Distiller.

Arran The Robert Burns Single Malt Whisky – Sweet & creamy with notes of honey, toffee-glazed pecans and fresh summer fruits. This light aromatic Single Malt is ideal for drinking prior to or during a meal.

Arran 18yo Single Malt Whisky – Caramelised citrus and tropical notes on a background of toasted oak. A balanced mix of finest aged ex-Sherry and ex-Bourbon Casks, this fully mature expression of The Arran Malt is exceptional.

Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask Batch 3 – The citrus hallmarks of Arran welcome you, and the sweet spice of cinnamon and vanilla promise a memorable dram.

Arran Malt Amarone Finish – Sweet flavours of honey, pears, chocolate and turkish delight, are the perfect balance with the intrinsic sweet-fruity character of The Arran Malt.

First distilled for the very first time on 29th June 1995, it is a young distillery.  They believe that  youth is an advantage, free to carve their own unique story. And being independently owned they are free to express and experiment without the corporate chains that can sometimes take a bit of the personality away from a brand.

We actually really liked this whisky, it was young, fresh and  smooth. Vanilla and butter notes were a running theme. My favourite was the ‘Robert Burns’ whisky. Its less strong as the others and is great for people as an introduction whisky for those not used to it.

I asked the team how they got the favours so smooth, I was told:

“The copper stills we use have very high necks with a very sharp turn at the top.  This means that only the very lightest and most delicate of alcoholic vapours reach the top and are able to distill down into our new spirit.  The heavier compounds fall back into the still to be re-distilled next time round. This process and design of still creates a very fresh and light new spirit which, when left to rest in excellent quality wood casks, softens and creates a fully rounded flavoursome dram without harsh edges.  The fact that we don’t chill filter our whiskies also add a depth of character and complexity that gives our whiskies a distinct profile.”

Sold in the following locations:  Berry Bros, Vintage House, Amathus, Gerrys of Soho, Milroys Soho, Hedonism Wines, Jeroboams, Soho Wines, Whisky Exchange  Bars: Bull in China shop, Discount Suit Company, Sun Tavern, Vault Soho, Boisdale, Mac and Wild, Angus Steakhouse.

 

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