As most of you know, I'm a big Arran fan. I've tried almost every Arran I've been able to find here in the states. I've been lucky enough to find some single casks and independent bottlings lingering around. And while I've had a few bottles of this 10yo, it's actually been a while since I restocked on it and I've never reviewed it. So let's dig into this "core" product in the Arran lineup.
Neat in a Glencairn.
Nose: Rich tropical fruits. Papaya, mango, pineapple, banana, lots of vanilla. I've heard this described (probably here on Connosr) as a tropical fruit salad and I couldn't agree more. A nice cereal note as well, I love getting a malty, cereal note that shows off the spirit itself. Very pleasant nose.
Palate: Honey, vanilla, cereal, and fruit. I'd say the honey and cereal notes really shine here relative to the nose. Funny thought, but I bet this would pair well with honey nut cheerios breakfast cereal. There's a resemblance. Also a resemblance to Balvenie 12yo, although I favor this.
Finish: Back and forth we go as the fruit comes back with a vengeance on the finish with the honey coated cereal note in the background.
Overall: Well no surprise here, but I think this is one of, if not the best, entry level single malt Scotch money can buy. The old 14yo (RIP) took this and amped it up to another level.