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 specification. 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 10yr is the introductory expression from the distillery, but even at this relatively young age this malt shows a lot of complexity and great balance, and kudos to the Isle Of Arran for non chill-filtering it, no additional color, and bottling it at 46% alc/vol. Aged in 80% ex-bourbon wood, and 20% in sherry casks. It is truly a gem in our collection, unparalleled value for the price!!
NOSE: The initial rush of vanilla sweetness gives way to the fruits of slow distillation – kiwi, banana, cantaloupe melon – with just a dusting of cocoa powder. It is undoubtedly complex and yet the aromas are in complete harmony with the malt.
PALATE: A touch of cinnamon adds a spicy edge to the soft and sweet texture which captivates the palate. The classic Arran citrus notes have rounded with age and reveal new depths of character against a background of sweet oak.
FINISH: It drifts over the tongue like golden syrup and fades ever so slowly to tempt another sip. This is a beautifully made whisky. Arran has come a long way in 10 years. Truly the best things in life are always worth waiting for!