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Arran Quarter Cask "The Bothy"

An oaky Arran

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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

20th Sep 2020


Arran Quarter Cask "The Bothy"
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  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Nose: clean and oaky, with sawn lumber at first. This gradually evolves into an array of fresh fruits: honeydew melon, green banana, pineapple. Light coconut. Fresh, clean, and appealing.

Taste: off-dry and sappy with a hint of cinnamon pastry, leading into a straightforward malty delivery which builds into some nice vanilla-citrus notes mid-palate, before oaky dryness takes over.

Finish: short and dry.

Balance: a little oak-heavy to be honest, but a nice display of concentrated malt flavours nonetheless. Arran's signature lively fruitiness is somewhat tamed compared to other bottlings I've tried. A nice dram with a lovely aroma, but not quite the zinger I was hoping for.

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BlueNote commented

I’ve passed on this one several times, but thanks to your review @Megawatt, I just realized that it’s cask strength, or close to it. I don’t know how that fact eluded me. I’m on it now.


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RianC commented

@Megawatt - I've had my eye on this one for a while but the heavy oak notes, which others also seem to get, do put me off a bit. One to try first perhaps? I still think the 10 is a cracking dram for the price.

3 years ago 1Who liked this?

OdysseusUnbound commented

@RianC The Arran Robert Burns is also quite decent for the price. It's definitely not the most complex or mature whisky around (I'd guess most of it is 7-8 year old whisky) but it's got all the fruity apple-pear-melon and honey notes I expect from Arran. A nice malt to share with someone who's never tried whisky without mixers.

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casualtorture commented

I'll grab a bottle once this hits shelves in my neck of the woods. I haven't seen the "new" Arrans around here yet.

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