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Arran Smugglers' Series Volume One, Two & Three *~V~

R19,000.00

Arran Smugglers’ Series Volume One – The Illicit Stills (56.4%)

The first release in a new series from the Arran distillery! The Smugglers’ Series Volume 1 (“The Illicit Stills”) is an homage to the history of less-than-legal distillation on the Isle of Arran in the 18th and 19th century. The single malt Scotch whisky is crafted from a selection of their malts, including unpeated and heavily peated stock, whisky matured in old bourbon barrels and whisky fully-matured in Port pipes! A fantastically presented expression – 8,700 bottles were produced.

The second bottling in the Smugglers’ Series from the Arran distillery (the first one proved rather popular indeed!). This one has been matured in a combination of rum casks and first-fill bourbon barrels – 8,700 bottles were produced. Absolutely brilliantly presented once again!

The third and final release in the series, The Exciseman brings together whiskies matured in bourbon quarter casks and Madeira casks. (The latter being a nod to casks used by illicit distillers on Arran, who acquired them from Madeira smugglers.) Rather than a celebration of the feared exciseman, this Arran single malt “pays tribute to the exuberant character of those striving to outwit the Government’s representatives”!

Region:
Isle of Arran, Scotland

Arran Smugglers’ Series Volume One – The Illicit Stills (56.4%)

Nose: A rather busy nose, packed with dried fruit, floral wafts and light BBQ embers. Subtle coastal elements too…

Palate: Peat warmth really starts to build up here, alongside robust Christmas spices. Hints of Sherried plums and a touch of apple.

Finish: Long and full, with plenty of smoke.

Nose: The rich honeyed character is immediate on the nose, luxuriously decadent. The fresh coastal character is also evident. Apples, vanilla and a touch of spice are also subtly present with a hint of toasted oak.

Palate: It coats the tongue and the notes of apple and vanilla are in abundance. No hint of dryness on the palate, it grows in sweet intensity and provides a rounded mouthfeel. The addition of water opens up the complexity beautifully and reveals a lighter sweetness of candied lemon.
Finish: Long, luxurious and yet delightfully fresh. The notes of apple and citrus give a lightness of character whilst the body remains solidly complex and robust. A typical Arran with an added layer of sweetness.

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