Arran 18 Year
Arran // Islands , Scotland
Operational since 1995, Arran is the only remaining distillery on the island of the same name, which at one time was home to as many as 50 (though most were not official.) The 18 year old is the final in a trilogy, proceeded by the 16 and 17 year olds. It was aged in a combination of ex-sherry casks, and bottled non chill-filtered. 9,000 bottles of this expression have been released.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"This whisky is very much like eating a candy apple next to a fireplace. Fruity and vanilla notes are further enriched by rock candy sweetness. Light baking spices, orange peel and toffee are also present, then a quick plumage of sweet burning wood wafts in. This would be an ideal Scotch to sip with dessert or to finish a meal."