This is the sixth and final batch of Arran’s cask strength 12-year old. It was bottled in May 2016 with a total outturn of 13,800 bottles after having been matured in first-full sherry butts, refill sherry hogsheads and first-fill bourbon barrels.
The nose is quite malty and fruity with notes of lemons, oranges and pineapple. I also got a hint of cinnamon, some sawdust and white pepper. This is a lovely and predominantly fruity nose, good stuff.
The palate is medium-bodied, spicy and dry. The malty flavours are back, together with a good dose of lemons and oranges. Quite zesty too and good balance overall.
The finish is long and warming. Notes of oranges and pineapples last to the end. Rather dry and a bit oaky.
This is a dry and zesty Arran that is quite multi-layered and fruity too. The nose was the best part, in my humble view. Not extraordinary but I would get another bottle if this was not sold out.
I had a bottle of batch 5, definately agree about the pineapple! I enjoyed it, and I think my local still has a few bottles left.