Berry Bros. & Rudd

The Arran Malt

1996, 21 Years Old

ABV 46.4%
REVIEWED Issue 152
Specifications
Brand: The Arran Malt, Berry Bros. & Rudd
Expression: 1996, 21 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 21 years old
ABV: 46.4%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islands (Non Islay)
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Awards
Recommended
Issue 152
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Isle of Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Isle of Arran, Islands (Non Islay), Scotland
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Great minerality and vanilla to this, salted caramel and sweet and salty popcorn. Stewed fruits here, pears in cider, apple tart with golden treacle.
Palate: So sweet, treacle lattice cakes, honeycomb and cinder toffee bars, orange chocolate and almond. Milk chocolate pennies and caramel syrup. Oak tempers the sweetness.
Finish: Satisfying and that oak prickle comes in at the end.
Comment: Takes its time to balance itself, but it does. A whole sensory and flavour work out.
8.8
Taster   Sam Coyne
Nose: A little salty, like walking along a sea-wall, before freshly baked custard tarts.
Palate: More pastries – nice! Cinnamon spice, a little chocolate orange, vanilla, stewed apples and pears. The light fruits develop into richer flavours of plum. Good oakiness at the end.
Finish: Oak is a little present on the finish, well balanced with the lighter fruits of the palate and nose.
Comment: All in all a good drop and the journey from light to rich fruits, underpinned with a touch of oak, is really pretty impressive.
8.5
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