Whisky Focus - Isle of Arran 21 Year Old Unveiled

Isle of Arran 21 Year Old Unveiled

5th December 2018
Isle of Arran add a 21 year old expression to their core range

Arran 21 Year OldThe Isle of Arran distillery has unveiled there latest and oldest expression of single malt whisky to join its core range to date, the Arran 21 Year Old.

Matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks before being bottled at 46% ABV, non chill-filtered and naturally coloured.

In-keeping with Arran's now traditional style, this particular expression is described as being rich and sweet and with initial flavours of dark chocolate, grapefruit and ginger, before giving way to a lasting finish of soft spices and figs creating a warm and memorable dram.

Long serving Master Distiller at The Isle of Arran Distillers, James MacTaggart, commented on the new expression: "Were extremely proud to have produced a dram that showcases our traditional Arran style, while the extended maturation process adds an extra elegance and complexity.

"Im sure that the ever-growing community of Arran Malt lovers will be able to taste an elevated version of the whisky that theyve come to know and enjoy.

"Its an immensely exciting time for the company and the island, with the release of this 21 year-old bottle and looking forward to the completion of the new Lagg distillery next year."

The box the new 21 year old is presented in states that it is a "First Release Limited Edition 9,000 Bottles" which may make it more attractive to the fans of the distillery and collectors amongst you. The Arran 21 Year Old has a RRP of 115 and is now available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Arran 21 Year Old Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Dark chocolate with hints of sweet spice.

Taste: Grapefruit and ginger, followed by ripe figs, prunes and dark chocolate with vanilla and roasted orange peel. A luscious sensory delight.

Finish: Long, warming and memorable. Hints of soft spices and roasted hazelnuts compliment beautifully the hallmark Arran citrus flavour. A perfect demonstration of the complexity afforded by a well-aged Arran expression.

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