We continue reviewing the latest batch of The whisky Exchange exclusive single casks, with this Arran 2000, which was aged for 14 years in ex-bourbon and bottled at a cask strength of 55.5% ABV. Priced at about 70 quid, it offers a good value IMHO, and is a very good example of classic ex-bourbon maturation, with a nice balance of fruit, cereal, and spice. Let’s go:
Nose: Very nice ex- bourbon cask notes; sandalwood, vanilla and coconut and icing sugar. Lots of wood , but quite light at that, if you get what i mean (young wood) . Some exotic fruit such as dried pineapple and green banana as well as cereal, and maltier notes.
Palate: Spicy wood with peach in the backdrop. Some bitter sweet red grapefruit, cereal and vanilla as well as fresh cut wood shavings. Quite spicy with freshly ground peppercorns , creamy vanilla.
Finish: dry and spicy with the chilly and pepper , bitter wood and toasted cereals.
All in all a very enjoyable Arran. I find Arran start to shine at the 14 year old mark (some do not agree, but that’s my personal view- yes Sjoerd…), and this 14 year old is a really nice dram, you should be looking into getting if you’re an Arran fan. 70 quid is not that bad for a single cask , is it?
Available for £70.95 at The Whisky Exchange.
Official sample provided by TWE