Scotch Whisky Review #210: The Arran Malt – Millenium Casks
ABV: 53.5% Cask Strength
Cask Type: Blend of bourbon and sherry hogshead.
Age: 13 Years. Barrelled between December 31st, 1999 and January 1st, 2000.
Color: 0.5, Yellow Gold. Non Chill Filtered and Natural Color.
Nose: (according to the wife) It’s really bright and fruity, almost like a tropical fruit cocktail. There’s pineapples galore along with a lot of lemon and other citrus.
Palate: Much like the nose teases, it’s a very bright and fruity dram. There’s hints of sugar here and there along with a lot of tropical fruit. Pineapples are mainstay along with a bit of dragon fruit, lemon, and other citrus. With a bit of water, you get a few notes of a lovely malt biscuit with a bit of butter. A few hints of floral tea pop in as well.
Finish: Medium to short in length. More of that fruit cocktail with lemons and pineapple juice standing out. It leaves your mouth feeling freshened up.
Conclusion: While the world was off celebrating the end of the millennium, the madlads at Arran were busy barrelling away. 35 bourbon barrels and 10 sherry hogsheads is the final count of what they used to make this whisky, all of which were barrelled on the sometime between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. What they made is a fantastic representation of their distillery. It has lovely layers of fruit with a lot of the summery, tropical ones that Arran manages to bring out from their spirit. The floral tea and malt biscuits that step in when you add a little bit of water really help elevate this as well. Really good job and a really tasty whisky.
Final Score: 83.
Scotch Whisky Review #210, Island Review #30, Whisky Network Review #303
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.