Arran seems to be putting out some good stuff at the moment, and is a bit under my radar actually. I should give them more credit, as some of the stuff is getting really good. Like this one.
In retrospect I should have taken a bit more time to appreciate this one. I should have told the guy who gave it to me “Slow down a minute, this is good shit” but I didn’t. That’s my bad, but even from a small sample, I manage to make a few notes.
Arran 1996 Alembic Rum Finish 50.6%
Nose: Lovely tropical nose with a very delicious white sugar note. Great nose.
Taste: Sugary hit first then fresh fruit, pineapple, green apple, long development.
Finish: Long length. Dry oak and another white sugar cane hit.
A 4 year finishing in a Barbados Rhum barrel, bottled @ 21yo. Seriously delicious stuff. My second favourite Arran I’ve had so far. It seems to work better with the sweeter flavours, as a long PX finish was my other favourite.
Average Score: 76.4
Distillery Ranking: 25th/ 62 places
Up/Down: 28>25 (Up 3)
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Network Average: 74.9
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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