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Arran Devil's Punch Bowl II Angels & Demons

26th June 2013
Arran Devil's Punch Bowl II Angels & Demons, do you dare to dram with the devil!

Arran distillery's Demonic Distiller James MacTaggart has once again delved into the darkest recesses of the Arran warehouses to select the casks for this second release in this un-holy trinity of devilish drams.

The Arran Devil's Punch Bowl Chapter II is a true contrast of light and shade hence its title Angels and Devils.

A marriage of 27 casks, including 17 sherry casks, 6 standard Bourbon casks and 4 peated Bourbon casks ranging from 1997 to 2004. The 1997 and 1998 hogsheads provide the foundation for this whisky and add a rich and satisfying depth. These are the finest ex-Oloroso Spanish Oak casks and their influence is unmistakable with a distinctive spicy character and notes of cigar box and dark chocolate.

If the Sherry casks are the darkness, then the 2002 barrels bring a ray of sunshine to proceedings with soft vanilla notes and more of the typical Arran citrus emerging, especially with a dash of water.

Finally, the oldest peated Arran casks from 2004 bring an earthiness not found in other releases of The Arran Malt and add further complexity to this intriguing concoction or should I say a marriage made in hell.

The Arran Devil's Punch Bowl Chapter II was bottled at natural cask strength of 53.1% ABV, without chill-filtratrion. The number of every cask in Chapter II are listed in the box and there are only 6660 bottles available priced around 70, do you dare to dram with the devil!

Due to be released at the Arran Malt and Music Festival later this week on Saturday 29th June which is 18 years to the day since the Arran distillery went into production.

Arran Devil's Punch Bowl II Angels & Demons Tasting Notes

Producer's Tasting Notes:
Non chill-filtered and bottled at 53.1% ABV.

Nose: The nose is vibrant with the hallmark notes of classic dried fruits, light spice and cigar box as the base of Sherry comes to the fore and sets the tone for this complex dram.

Taste: Here the depth of the Sherry sweetness comes into its own. Notes of dark chocolate with a layer of delicate butterscotch spice mingle to create a rich initial burst of character. With a dash of water, the lighter shade of the Bourbon barrel emerges with soft citrus and vanilla notes dancing on the tongue.

Finish: Over time, the fresh citrus is counterbalanced by the earthy nature of the Peated barrels. The depth of spice and light twist of smoke will intrigue you long after the last drop has disappeared.

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