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What should malt whisky taste of... Malt? This one certainly does! My first encounter with this distillery was somewhat premature. I was a first year undergrad on a geology field trip to Arran and one of the excursions took us past the Lochranza distillery, but it must have been newly opened at the time as it was quite a few years ago. I get three main themes off the nose, malt, fruit and alcohol. The later is somewhat unusual from a malt, it’s the aroma that’s more obvious off cheap vodka. The fruits I get are apples, pears and apricots, there is also a touch of smoke in the mix too.
The palate is all about the malt which is sweet and crisp. Minor sub plots are provided by some apricots and a pleasant saltiness. Those fruity salty notes also play over the finish which is less dominated by the malt.
This whisky might come across as slightly one dimensional from this review, but the quality is there in this bottle although other reviews suggest this expression might have gone downhill recently.