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Arran James MacTaggart 10th anniversary master of distilling

Good spirit in good casks = good whisky

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WReview by @Wierdo

29th Feb 2020


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This review is from a sample kindly provided by @RianC. In fact the second sample I've had of this whisky as I enjoyed the first sample very much but couldn't quite get my head round it to write a review.


Is Citrusy with a yeasty sourdough bread note, biscuits and quite salty.


Quite mouth coating. Lemon and grass (not lemongrass!), salty with green apples, digestive biscuits and a peppery note


Is reasonably long with a dry oakiness


This whisky shows that 10 years is plenty of time to put a whisky in a cask and get an end product that is challenging and complex. Provided the initial spirit is decent and it's going into a decent cask.

It reminds me quite a lot of Kilkerran 12 with that lemony, biscuity note. It just lacks the Kilkerran musty note.

Can't get this anymore unless you want to shell out £100 but I'll be keeping my eyes open for future similar releases.

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Mackstine commented

Nice review. I’m a huge fan of Arran. I love that they kept it simple, relatively affordable, and in a manner that really just showcases how solid the spirit is on its own. I did like this one better than the follow up special release (something about a golden glass with Palo Cortado Sherry cask finishing); but I believe parts of the internet may disagree with me. Nevertheless, you’ve inspired me to do up a review of that one.... stay tuned

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