Arran 14 Year Old
Distilled vanilla extract
Review by @Uisgebetha
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Nicely presented and quite stylish packaging if not exactly eye-catching. The dram is a pleasant golden colour in a glen cairn glass.
Lots of vanilla (maybe a bit too much) on the nose, accompanied by hints of cinnamon, lavender, apricots and sultanas. Very pleasantly weighted in the mouth, medium bodied and a touch oily, smooth, but with a bit of attack. Vanilla is prominent among the flavours, but is less dominant that it is on the nose, some malt helps to balance it and minor flavour hints of cinnamon, cocoa and smoke keeps things interesting for a little while.
The finish is spicy and has some additional sweetness which was not evident before, not very long but a good end.
Nothing to object to in this dram, some class in places. I certainly found it very enjoyable company on a wet and windy autumnal Sunday afternoon.
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Nice review, and I agree with your score...A great whisky for those of us who enjoy the 'sweeter' honeyed/vanilla single malts.
I also had the 10 yr to which I was indifferent to (personally I feel the 14 yr Arran is considerably better)...Maybe I should give that one another chance?
8 years ago 0
I've not tried a recent bottling of the 10 year old so I don't know how it would compare to the current 14. I'm just a fan of this distillery and love the rich flavours they get in their whisky.
I'm looking forward to sampling the new (older) expressions, when I next get an opportunity to order in.
8 years ago 0