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This new version of Arran's entry-level malt has been beefed up to 43% and the extra weight seems to have helped.
On the nose it is fresh, green, and malty. Banana skins, fresh-cut wood, touch of gingerbread...very appealing in a light sort of way. After a while, faint woodsmoke way in the background (though not a trace of peat).
Medium-bodied and supple on the tongue. Malty-sweet with vanilla cream and then some prickliness from the oak. A bit of a bitter edge due to its youth (tastes closer to 5 years than 10).
Finishes with lingering oak and under-ripe fruit. Balance-wise, it makes up for its youthfulness with a clean, tasty character and easy drinkability. A repeat buy.