Arran Orkney Bere
Arran // Islands, Scotland
The Arran Orkney Bere was produced as a joint effort between the Agronomy Institute of Orkney College, University of the Highlands and Islands, and the Arran Distillery in 2004. What make the expression unique is the Bere Barley used to make it; a grain grown mainly on Orkney, an ancient strain of barley not used in whisky production for over a century. The alcohol is then matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels for over 8 years. It is non-chill-filtered and no coloring is added.
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.
"Vanilla and cereal malts greet the nose, followed by citric fruits and spices soon after. The wood has imparted a small greenery on the whisky, which is then followed closely by floral honey. Not as fruity as other Arrans tend to be, with hay notes creeping in at the end of the nose. The palate is soft, with young green apples, lemons and hay moving in. Small notes of malt biscuits and cocoa begin to show before a short and youthful finish of toast, savory chocolate and thick biscuits."