Just in time for Easter, a new Isle of Arran Single Malt. A new comer to the single malt world (well relatively new as its only been around since '95-ish). Isle of Arran distillery is the first legal distillery on the island in over 150 years. The LCBO does have a few bottles of Arran already on their shelves including the Robbie Burns single malt [Sku #981084] (only a few bottles left of this from Mr. Burns' January birthday), Isle of Arran Sherry single cask [Sku #191783] (A single sherry cask, distillery bottled at cask strength of 54.5% - Absolutely fantastic whisky. Incredible depth and flavor.), and the Distiller's Pomerol Bordeaux [Sku #202069] cask finished @ 50% (cask finished Scotch, this one showing great selection with heavy red fruit notes and excellent balance of flavors).
LCBO product ID: 210229
Color: Sunset Copper
Nose: Dried fruits, vanilla and toffee up front. With a little water a salty tang appears, with caramelized fruits indicating a depth of flavor.
Palate: An initial burst of brine leads onto warming toffee apples and hazelnuts. This is followed by dates, chocolate orange and spiced tea cake. The mouth feel is overwhelmingly rich and weighty.
Finish: A trademark Arran finish with cinnamon spices leading back to where the experience began, with a classic island-style salty wave balancing the sweet-fruit of the palate.