The Isle of Arran Distillery has released its oldest bottling of The Arran Malt, an 18-year-old that brings to a close a trilogy that began with whiskies aged for 16 and 17 years.
Unpeated and matured in a selection of ex-sherry hogsheads, the whisky was bottled at 46% ABV, with no artificial colouring or chill-filtration to retain the full range of aromas and flavours.
The 20-year-old distillery is releasing the new whisky today (March 16), with just 9,000 bottles available worldwide as with the previous 16 Year Old and 17 Year Old malts over the past two years.
According to the tasting notes, it delivers a delicious aroma of toasted almonds, honey and spice and a luxurious palate of ginger and caramelised brown sugar. Water releases subtle flower notes and rich Seville orange marmalade. The finish is reminiscent of toasted brioche and toffee apples.
James MacTaggart, master distiller at the Isle of Arran Distillery, said: “2015 is a special year for the distillery. We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary and with it the bottling of our most mature whisky yet – a very appropriate way to mark our birthday.”