ARRAN The Smuggler s Series Volume 3 The Exciseman Of 56,8%
Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Highlands-arran, 70cl, Ref: 53591
This Smugglers’ Series Volume 3 ‘The Exciseman’ conclude the popular series which pays homage to the exuberant character of those striving to outwit the Government’s representatives in the pursuit of the production of the famed Arran Waters. The Madeira casks used in this final volume, are similar to the ones used by Arran’s illicit distillers, who often stored and transported locally produced whisky in old Madeira casks brought over from the continent by their smuggling counterparts. The Quarter Casks are a nod to the type of small casks which would have been the easiest to transport. The resulting liquid is complex, full of character and a wonderful way to end a series which is a testimony to the independent characters of Arran over the centuries.
Pour un dernier clin d’œil à la saga, ce single malt édité à seulement 8700 bouteilles a été vieilli en fût de bourbon Quarter cask de 120 litres – soit les plus petits fûts existants, naturellement les plus faciles à transporter et à cacher ! Les fûts de Madeira sélectionnés pour l’affinage de ce volume font également écho à ceux utilisés à cette époque. Les plus malins avaient en effet pour coutume d’attendre que leurs « passeurs » apportent ces fûts tout droits venus du continent, pour ensuite stocker leur whisky produit sur place. Il en résulte un brut de fût à 56.80% très complexe, de fort caractère à l’image de cette série, qui aura su restaurer et raviver l’indépendance et la fougue de l’île d’Arran à travers les siècles.
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- Nose : the rich honeyed character is immediate on the nose, luxuriously decadent. The fresh coastal character is also evident. Apples, vanilla and a touch of spice are also subtly present with a hint of toasted oak.
- Palate : it coats the tongue and the notes of apple and vanilla are in abundance. No hint of dryness on the palate, it grows in sweet intensity and provides a rounded mouthfeel. The addition of water opens up the complexity beautifully and reveals a lighter sweetness of candied lemon.
- Overall : long, luxurious and yet delightfully fresh. The notes of apple and citrus give a lightness of character whilst the body remains solidly complex and robust. A typical Arran with an added layer of sweetness.
- The brand
The Isle of Arran has come a long way and their 10 year old whisky, bottled for some years now, has raised the distillery to the ranks of the great whisky producers. The particularity of Arran whisky is in its finishes, carried out in a wide variety of casks that previously contained wine (from Champagne, Margaux or Marsala) or even brandy (Cognac, calvados). The distillery is also known for producing whisky with various forgotten types of barley, as well as a series of vintage single casks, often bottled at cask strength. Produced on an island near the Scottish mainland, its style is more like Highland malt. Find out more
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