The 10 Year Old is part of Arran’s standard range for many years now and I have been fortunate enough (yeah, well) to try it before. I found it to be okay-ish. Let’s see what this newer release from 2014 can do for me.
The nose is malty and sweet on mostly citrus and clear hints of fresh woodshavings. Quite sharp, in all honesty. After a few moments it settles down and offers hints of apple, melon and soft toffee and… errr… whipped cream.
The arrival is quite spicy. It even burns with the first sip. Immediately lots of spices from the wood and a prickle of the alcohol. Only with the second sip does the fruit shine through. Think banana, melon, coconut and some citrus. Green tea. Turns slightly bitter.
The finish is medium long, remains spicy and offers some fruit before fading on vanilla and some lime.
A young malt that suffers a bit from too active wood, I think. Too strong as an aperitif, but too light as an after-dinner dram. Okay, but not more than that.
@markjedi1 - 'Too strong as an aperitif, but too light as an after-dinner dram.'
I quite liked this but I know what you mean - I'd call it a 'session' dram
@markjedi1, your perceptions of Arran 10 are very close to my own, though I don't think I would rate it as much as 80 points worth. I would never buy a bottle of this one, though I like almost all of the wine finishes they've added to this standard OB Arran 10 yo.