The Isle of Arran Distillery has launched a limited edition bottling matured in small barrels reminiscent of those used in the whisky trade in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Bothy Quarter Cask single malt takes its name from the modest dwellings, or bothies, that were once common in the Highlands and on the islands of Scotland.
Using malts of a variety of vintages, the whisky was initially matured in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and then transferred for secondary maturation into smaller quarter casks made of American oak.
This process produces far greater contact between the whisky and oak and a faster, more intense maturation, leading to a full-bodied expression of The Arran Malt.
Master distiller James MacTaggart said: “The centuries-old history of whisky making on the island is at the heart of everything we do and with this new bottling we’ve captured those traditions.
“There are only 12,000 bottles available worldwide so we expect this edition to be highly sought-after. The picturesque artwork on the bottle, coupled with a superior dram laden with heritage, makes this a beautiful collector’s item as well as a fantastic whisky to drink and savour.”
Evoking the scents and colours of autumn, The Bothy has a nose of sandalwood, malty barley and damp oak. It has a sweet palette with the Arran character of fresh pineapple, green apples and toasted brioche which is enriched by a touch of red chilli. It finishes with refreshing citrus notes.
Bottled at natural cask strength of 55.7% ABV, The Bothy Quarter Cask has a recommended price of £54.99 in retail.