I have been wanting to try this one for ages, and thanks to my mate Dave (check his blog) I got a wee sample just the other week.This whisky was drawn from a combination of 14 bourbon barrels and 7 sherry Hogsheads, all selected by Master Distiller James MacTaggart from the 1999 distillation. The Arran Eagle has been named after and dedicated to the pair of Golden Eagles who nest behind the distillery in the mountain above Lochranza. A limited edition of 6,000 bottles, sadly all sold out. If you can get hold of a bottle, get it. It’s very good and worth your dime. I am quite the fan of this relatively young (established in 1995) distillery, and you can see why…
Nose : Smooth and aromatic. Sweet malt. Sandalwood , fruit – a bit on the exotic fruit: Lychee, Pineapple, Papaya. All engulfed with creamy sweet nectar. Very good!
Palate : Lovely. Baked apples. Creamy. Oily. Lots of vanilla. Buttery feel to it with pepper and some citrus. This is definitely an Arran.
Finish: Fruit. Bitter dark chocolate. Medium to long.
many thanks to Dave for this sample.