Arran 17 year old
No added colouring
£62.00 from TheGreenWellyStop
Here we have the 17 year old release of Arran. Next year the 18! Arran have been releasing these developing limited editions for the last couple of years to show the progressive maturation of their Whisky before their milestone 18 year old.
I’ve been looking forward to trying this one, I bought the 16 after stellar reviews, but have yet to try it. I’m going to take the opportunity in the next few weeks to revisit my tweet tasting pack and the 16 year old. Also comparing an independent 17 year old bottling with this one. But that’s all to come. For now, here’s my notes on the official distillery bottling of the Isle of Arran 17.
Fruity herb orchard. Alcohol soaked Raisins. Dry malty biscuits. Citrus. Lemon peel. Strong berry jam notes. Sweet cinnamon. Honey/caramel sweetness. Some wood glue and shavings. It changes a lot throughout nosing. More vanilla and sponge cake now. Loads going on.
Sweet honey and vanilla. Crisp green fruits. Apples, pears, with lemon juice. Some pepper. Creamy custard. Light sherried fruits. A great fruity mix. The development goes into maltier areas, more buttery and relaxed. Then the jammier berry flavours return on the swallow.
Lengthy jammy apples and pears, raisins and some fruitcake through to a pleasant drying oakiness. With the warmth still nicely settled in the throat area. Gently warming and relaxing.
This is so very drinkable at 46% I almost don’t want to add water, but I’m going to. The diluted nose has more floral influences now, and more oak evident. The palate is more integrated now, lighter though in the mouthfeel. Still quite jammy, and full flavoured, but less intensive. The finish is drier sooner, still warming and very enjoyable, but I think I prefer this dram undiluted.
This is a thoroughly tasty Whisky. I’m enjoying it a great deal. This will definitely become a purchase and I recommend it to those who like their whiskies fruity and full of flavour.
Great thanks to Arran for providing me the review sample.