Nose: A warm nose, with noes of fresh oak, crunchy barley, sweet cinnamon and creamy vanilla all forming around waxy, citrus tangs.
Palate: Sweet, sour and spicy flavours combine, with sugary pineapple rings, squeezes of lemon juice, sharp green apples, spicy oak and creamy vanilla all present, as well a touch of almond toasted brioche.
Finish: Long, fresh and light – aromatic spices and sweet citrus linger, with some floral notes.
Batch 3 sees the release of 13,800 bottles from Arran’s ‘The Bothy Quarter Cask’ line. Made in reference to a time when the smaller casks of the 18th and 19th centuries were favoured on the Isle of Arran for logistical reasons, they quickly earned regard for the flavour profile they delivered.
Matured, like its predecessors Batches 1 & 2, in first fill American oak ex-bourbon barrels of various vintages, Batch 3 was finished in American oak quarter casks for at least 18 months. This single malt Scotch whisky was bottled in September 2017, without chill filtration or artificial colouring at a natural cask strength 53.2%