Isle of Arran
I’m running out of things to say about Arran distillery, so just please check out my previous reviews for their detailed history. I’m still making my way through a host of Arran samples so these introductions will probably get shorter and shorter. As you remember, Arran is a newer distillery (founded in 1995) based on the Isle of Arran. It’s the only distillery on the Island and strives to integrate it’s unique location into the character of it’s whiskies. Arran 10 was the distilleries landmark bottling and was first released in 2006. That year it took home a silver medal from the International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC). In 2012 this malt made a resurgence and took home gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. For an entry level core expression these awards are very good. Arran 10 is non chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV.
Nose: sweet, gentle, brown sugar, vanilla, green apple tart
Mouth: peppery, soft, sweet honey, hint of citrus, malty
Finish: very mild finish, doesn’t linger around long, oak spice
Verdict: After a tough week sometimes you need simple dram that isn’t all that complicated to help you unwind. During those times I’m usually too exhausted to distinguish if I’m tasting lime or orange citrus in my whisky. Desperate times call for entry level whisky! Arran 10 fits that mold perfectly and it’s much better than the Glenlivet 12, Glenfiddich 12’s and Johnny Walker’s of the world. Arran 10 is accessible, enjoyable and stiff enough to take off the edge from the week. The nose is gentle brown sugar notes, vanilla and a hint of green apple tartness. On the mouth it’s malty and sweet with some oak spice on the edges. The finish doesn’t stick around long and it’s very mild with some nice oak spice. The Arran 10 is a pleasing entry level whisky that I’d introduce my non-whisky drinking friends to.
Special thanks to Impex Beverages for generously providing a sample.