We’ve had fairly just a few good casks from the early years of the Arran distillery. The Arran cask #757 for TWE springs to thoughts as an illustration, and as we speak we’re having an analogous 1996 classic.
It’s unusual that they by no means appear to reveal the kind of cask on the label. On this case I belief the data on a number of retailer web sites. They declare their inventory data are sometimes unclear (“we consider it’s a wine cask of some form”) however I’ve bother believing that. Keep in mind this distillery earned a few of its fame by means of a wide range of unique casks which was once completely described. Perhaps they didn’t use licensed sherry casks again then. Or possibly they merely want to cover how they obtained these (good) outcomes…
Arran 25 yo 1996 (50,2%, OB for the UK 2021, first fill sherry hogshead #905, 265 btl.)
Nostril: very fragrant sherry, filled with blackberries and strawberry jams, soaked raisins and hints of redcurrants, but in addition displaying peonies and really mild potpourri. Orange oils and mint leaves. Refined fruit tea and dusty books. A uncommon model of sherry, fruity and extremely seductive.
Mouth: actually good once more, despite the fact that it’s somewhat lighter / thinner than anticipated. Extra (blood) oranges, hints of Moroccan mint, with rose pepper and cloves. On the similar time caramelized nuts within the background, raspberries and tobacco. Properly rounded, nonetheless displaying this floral high observe.
End: lengthy, with roasted malt and chocolate notes, alongside purple fruits and mild oak spice.
I like this elegant, fruity and nearly floral model of sherry. The magic of sherry, with a freshness that you just don’t see every single day. Bought out, I’m afraid, so let’s hope they will discover different related casks of their inconsistent observe data 🙂