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This single malt was named after Scotland’s most famous poet. That they are allowed to use both his image and autograph on the label has everything to do with the fact that the Arran distillery is the patron of the World Burns Federation, since 2000. Arran has released both a blend and a single malt under this name. We try the single malt. That must be Arran, right?
Light and rather innocent nose on vanilla pudding, apple sauce, pear drops and freshly cut grass. A fresh spring whisky on the nose, I would say. But I must repeat: rather innocent.
Nicely creamy on the palate and feisty – although rather bitter. The fruit goes toward oranges, a tad zesty, but also quite grainy. Smells young (probably is young). Mildly floral too. Well… it is all somewhat ‘small’ if you know what I mean.
The finish offers some woodsmoke, so after a short while it dies on spices and apples.
A light aperitif whisky that suffers a bit from its young age in my opinion. I have had much better malts from this distillery. Thanks, Pat!