I like my wines. Maybe not as much as single malts but I’m quite happy swirling a glass or two of red the odd evening. And so the prospect of trying out a single malt aged in Amarone wine casks was quite an exciting prospect.
This no age-statement, deeply colored offering from Arran has possibly one of the sweetest noses I’ve ever come across (so sweet that I suspect Mr Richard Paterson has something to do with it!). There’s honey, there’s caramel, there’s molasses and it’s all simmering in a large oaky bowl. Thrown in the mix are a handful of nuts and a cup of dark grapes. Finally a fresh fruit platter of bananas, melons and black currants are added to round off a dizzying combination of all that is sweet and saccharine!
As the spicy, woody clove bombs burst in your mouth they are accompanied by large pieces of red licorish and tangy sweet cherries. This is, of course, in stark contrast to the sweet sweet nose experienced just moments earlier. As the spirit dries in your mouth the sugars finally come into play in the form of burnt treacle and dark jam.
A long, dry finish rounds off an interesting and highly likable single malt from Arran.
Rating : 88