Early next month Isle of Arran Distillers will unveil the latest impressive addition to their collection of quality malts – the Arran Malt 17 Year Old.
The second in the trilogy of malts leading up to the launch of the 18 Year Old next year, the new release has taken nearly two decades to reach discerning drinkers.
Made from un-peated malted barley and matured in the finest ex-sherry casks, the 17 Year Old has a unique and distinctive flavour in-keeping with the delicious malts from the Isle of Arran.
Demand is anticipated to be high as the whisky is a very limited edition with just 9,000 bottles being released worldwide at the beginning of April.
James McTaggart, Arran’s Master Distiller, has overseen the creation of this bottling. Talking about the inspiration behind it he said: “We try to make each bottling unique whilst remaining true to the fresh island character of the Arran Single Malt.
“With the 17 Year Old we’ve created a sweet spicy palate with hints of cigar tobacco. Adding a touch of water brings out flavours of dark chocolate and orange oil to add a depth of flavour to this decadent dram.”
The Arran Malt 17 Year Old has an ABV of 46% and is free from artificial colours. It has not been chill-filtered to ensure it retains its depth of aromas and flavours.
Euan Mitchell, Managing Director at Isle of Arran Distillers, said: “We’ve got some big plans for 2014 and I’m excited that we’re kicking off the year with this fantastic whisky.
“We never rest on our laurels and always challenge ourselves to produce something people will find genuinely interesting and different.
“This is certainly true in this case as the 17 Year Old malt is some of the first whisky we laid down when the distillery opened in 1995. I’m sure it won’t disappoint our discerning customers in the UK and beyond.”
Retailing at £64.99 the Arran Malt 17 Year Old is available from www.arranwhisky.com and in specialist whisky stores.