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I've not had a lot of Arran malts but the ones I've had have been quite nice. There was 1996 Single Cask I had a while ago which blew my mind. So I was enthused to give this one a go. Lovely packaging with gorgeous graphics on a black bottle gives this one full marks for presentation.
It has a strong malty nose with a touch of raisiny sweetness. Followed by crushed white grapes on a grassy morning sprinkled with all kinds of herbs. And cool cucumber. Like being on a picnic.
A clean delivery brings an attack of honey, wet grass, white pepper with a droplets of woody lemon. No real flaws except maybe I would have liked it to be a bit chewy.
The finish, too, is fresh with the gentlest of aniseed.
This is a nice malt which ticks of most of the right boxes. However, when you have a jet black bottle with an angry flying demon and big bold letters then you're expecting something dark, complex and brooding. But that's not the case.
This malt is like forcing a young schoolboy with a sunny disposition to wear goth clothes and dark makeup.