Origin: Isle of Arran (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrells: Ex-Sherry
Added coloring: No
Owner: Isle of Arran Distillery
Average price: € 48.00
Official website: www.arranwhisky.com
The recent restyling in the packaging of Arran whiskies is accompanied by a relaunch of the core range, with new bottlings to be discovered. Among those with a declared age, it’s worth mentioning the 21yo, available until last Autumn, in a limited edition, only at the distillery’s visitor centre.
Among the NAS whiskies, on the other hand, we would like to mention the Barrell Reserve, the Quarter Cask “The Bothy” and the Sherry Cask “The Bodega”, the subject of today’s review, all rather young (the production notes indicate an average ageing of between 7 and 8 years).
The Arran Sherry Cask “The Bodega”, which marks a return to the style of this distillery’s early whiskies, mostly matured in ex-Sherry casks, spent 7 years in hogshead ex-Sherry (Oloroso?), first fill. The first fill should lead, at least in theory, to an accentuation of the sherried notes of the distillate. We shall see.
Proposed as cask strength, the whisky is unchillfiltered and shows its natural colour.
With understandable pride, the distillery is keen to point out on the label that both production and ageing took place in Lochranza, the main town on the island of Arran.
The eye is immediately captivated by a seductive dark amber.
On the nose, fruit petals blossom on a caress of honey: lots of ripe peach, a sigh of cherry, a hint of sultana and a definite note of sweet citrus. Problem is, it’s often difficult to penetrate the alcoholic curtain that envelops the whole.
On the palate, there are more cherries, a bite of milk chocolate and sultanas, with the alcohol unfortunately always dominating and remaining almost alone in a long but monotonous finish.
A potentially tempting whisky, which however on tasting smacks of a missed opportunity. The inviting aromatic suggestions of full Sherry maturation are all there, but they are overshadowed by a truly overpowering alcohol content. A sin of youth?