Arran counts down with release of 17 Year Old

Isle of Arran 17 Year OldIsle of Arran Distillers has released the second in a trilogy of limited-edition whiskies, the Arran Malt 17 Year Old.

After last year’s launch of the 16 Year Old, it heralds the release of the 18 Year Old next year. Only 9,000 bottles of the 17-year-old whisky are being released worldwide at the beginning of April.

It is made from un-peated malted barley and matured in ex-sherry casks. With an ABV of 46%, it is free from artificial colours. It has not been chill-filtered to ensure it retains its depth of aromas and flavours.

Arran’s master distiller James McTaggart, who has overseen the creation of this bottling, said: “We try to make each bottling unique whilst remaining true to the fresh island character of the Arran single malt.

“With the 17 Year Old we’ve created a sweet spicy palate with hints of cigar tobacco. Adding a touch of water brings out flavours of dark chocolate and orange oil to add a depth of flavour to this decadent dram.”

Euan Mitchell, managing director at Isle of Arran Distillers, said: “We’ve got some big plans for 2014 and I’m excited that we’re kicking off the year with this fantastic whisky.

“We never rest on our laurels and always challenge ourselves to produce something people will find genuinely interesting and different.

“This is certainly true in this case as the 17 Year Old malt is some of the first whisky we laid down when the distillery opened in 1995. I’m sure it won’t disappoint our discerning customers in the UK and beyond.”

The 17 Year Old’s recommended price in retail is £64.99.

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