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Arran Sleeping Warrior 2000

The Sleeping Warrior

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@MaudeReview by @Maude

14th Aug 2011


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This is a 2000 vintage single malt from the Isle of Arran distillery; a combination of european and american oak casks. There is only 6,000 bottles available. Named after the northern summits of the island which are shaped as a human resting, there is nothing sleeping in this whisky.

It has a stunning dark orange color and a rich nose. There is some spices (cinnamon perhaps), sultanas and liquorice in this. The taste is complex and changing. Fruity with a citrus tanguyness. A bit too much tanguy in my taste, but the finish brings back the sweetness with smoother fruit flavour.

This is a highly enjoyable whisky, even more knowing that a part of the profit goes to the National Trust of Scotland, to restore the paths and maintain the landscape of the mountains it is named after!

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jeanluc commented

Nice review @Maude I really like what Arran are doing, they seem like a very progressive distillery.

9 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Maude, thank you for a nice review. Did you get the Arran Sleeping Warrior on your recent trip to Scotland? This doesn't look like something one could find at the SAQ.

9 years ago 0

Maude commented

@Victor, I bought that one at Tam's Drams in eastern Glasgow, one of the two bottle I decided to bring back. I wasn't able to taste that one in the shop, but I tasted other Arran that I liked, and I was seduced by the limited bottling: that I knew I won't be able to find at the SAQ. I think there is only the Arran Malt available there, and for around 40$, it is a good price!

@Jean-Luc, I would agree with you on that, they seem to try a lot of different cask finish and experiment a little more than the usual distillery.

9 years ago 0

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