Arran 10 Year Old
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You’ll find Arran Distillery on an oval-shaped island on the west coast of Scotland, after which it takes its name. It was opened in 1995 in the village of Locranza, but the island’s distilling history dates back much further than that, albeit much of it illicit. The island once boasted 50 distilleries, while the last legally founded distillery before Arran (named Lagg) closed in 1837.
Officially launched in 2006, this 10 Year Old has scooped up numerous awards throughout the years, likely because it exudes all the honeyed richness we know and love from Arran. Yes, this is an island whisky, but it’s full of sweeter, malty, citrus notes, rather than the smokier flavours many associate with whiskies from the region. That being said, a second distillery named Lagg was opened on the south of the island in 2019, dedicated to peated whisky.
Malty initially, with spiced apple crumble and wafts of summer meadow grassiness, along with toasted oats.
Zingy green apple balanced by prominent vanilla sweetness, cinnamon sticks, oily orange peel, and pear drop sweets.
More citrus lingers, with gingersnap biscuits and apple blossom.