The Isle of Arran has often been called “Scotland in miniature”. It has lowlands, highlands, glens, lochs, brooks and striking landscapes of the mainland.
In the past the island was a harbor for illicit distilleries, in the early 19th Century their number exceeded 50. Those times are over and now the island is home to one but unique Arran Distillery. In the early 2000s the owners released number of finishes, some of them truly remarkable. Calvados in an apple (or pear) brandy from Normandy in France. Whiskies aged in Calvados wood are quite rare due to extremely limited supply of barrels. The whisky presented here was originally matured in refill barrels then transferred into Calvados cask for the final period of maturation. Bottled at natural strength of 62.1% abv on October 21, 2003 with an outrun of 582 bottles.
Nose: slightly spirity, lots of apple cider, pears, lemon peel, vanilla, honey, dash of cinnamon and oak.
Palate: strong calvados notes, apple pie sprinkled with cinnamon, green grapes, marshmallows, lemon grass and touch of oak.
Finish: medium long, with notes of green apples, vanilla, honey, oak shavings and distant whiff of sea breeze.