French oak can be pretty aggressive. Here it's got a vice-like grip on what is a gentle fragrant spirit.
The Arran Malt
No age statement
Year of Bottling
Islands (Non Islay)
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Fragrant, exotic, nose. Dried apple. Incense and grass. Dusty with water.
Palate: Fairly strong oakiness. One-dimensional and slightly tannic.
Finish: Cooked apple. Nutty.
Comment: French oak can be pretty aggressive. Here it's got a vice-like grip on what is a gentle fragrant spirit.
Nose: Toffee and chocolate.
Palate: Lightly creamy. Becoming abrasive and hot.
Finish: Snappy. Somewhat aggressive.
Comment: I have observed few happy marriages between whisky and Cognac. Perhaps the rivalry is just too obvious.
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