The Arran Malt Amarone Cask Finish
I know almost everybody does it, but I normally don’t comment on the color of a whisky. But the color on this one is so unique, that it can’t be ignored. The Arran Malt Amarone Cask Finish has a color that can only be described as dark pink. It is almost like rosé wine, which actually makes sense because of the cask finish. This one sadly has no age statement, one can only guess. I don’t think it’s a very old one. But it is bottled at an above average 50 per cent abv. Here we go!
Nose: Very sweet. A dusty note that remains present and sort of overshadows the nicer smells of dried fruit, oak and cherry.
Taste: This Arran has the mouthfeel of a sparkling wine. There obviously is no carbon dioxide in whisky, so that was an interesting sensation. Fanta Cherry. Not very complex.
Finish: A medium finish with plums and cherries.
A fine drinking dram, as it is available for under 40 euros. If you like offbeat whiskies, than this might be the thing for you.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.