Arran the Bothy, Quarter Cask was introduced in September 2015. The name ‘bothy refers to a classic shelter usually left unlocked and available for anyone free of charge. Arran the Bothy was matured in first fill ex-bourbon casks then transferred to quarter casks (capacity 125 liters) for additional 18 months. The whisky pays homage to Arran malt produced in the 18th and 19th Centuries, when smaller casks were favored for whisky trade (often illicit) for logistical reasons. Here we have Batch No. 3 bottled at natural strength of 53.2% abv without chill-filtration and artificial coloring, and released in September 2017 with an outrun of 13,800 bottles.
Nose: fresh, slightly waxy, apples, lemons, oranges, vanilla, toffee, breakfast cereals, cinnamon and hints of oak shavings.
Palate: sweet and mildly spicy, pineapples, oranges, baked apples, vanilla, honey-roasted almonds, lemon grass, dash of pepper and a grain of salt.
Finish: fairly long and fresh, with notes of vanilla, juicy fruits, dash of mixed spice and delicate oaky notes.