Arran Sauternes Cask Finish Single Malt
Arran // Islands, Scotland
Perhaps not as well known as some of the other islands of Scotland, the Isle of Arran is located east of the Kintyre peninsula where Campbeltown (and Springbank distillery) is located and west of mainland Scotland. This island actually has quite a mild climate due to the influence from the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf stream. This single malt is aged for 8 years in traditional (previously used) oak before transferring to ex-Sauternes dessert wine casks.
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.
Cask Typeex-bourbon, ex-Sauternes wine
"Dessert like aromas aren't surprising with a Sauternes wine finish, so when you stick your nose in the glass, don't be alarmed when your first thought is a Snickers candy bar. Nuts and caramel continue on the palate along with pistachios and pears. Though you get honey on the back end, the finish is on the dry side. At the end of the day, it satisfies."