Earlier this year WhiskyBrother returned to Scotland to embark on another whisky-finding mission. Heading over to the Arran distillery this time, situated off the south-west coast on the Isle of Arran.
Although it has only been operating for 20 years, Arran have quickly established themselves as a distillery to take seriously, releasing one stunning whisky after another. With an eagerness to be part of their journey, and a willingness from them to be part of ours, we teamed-up with the distillery to bottle an official bottling exclusive to WhiskyBrother!
On the day we were scheduled to sample casks at the distillery, our journey took an unexpected delay; as we arrived to take the ferry to the island, we were just in time to catch a glimpse of it sailing away. In sleepy Scotland this means a several hour wait for the next one, meaning we wouldn't have enough time at the distillery to select our cask!
Thankfully, distillery manager James MacTaggart, with over 30 years experience, draw six samples of his favourite casks that met our criteria, which we found patiently waiting for us upon our eventual arrival. The rest of the story involves endless tasting and deliberation, a few months wait for labelling, bottling and shipping, and today we can finally offer you our exclusive WhiskyBrother, single cask Arran.
Our Arran was matured in a 250 litre, American oak hogshead that was previously filled with sherry. The final result is unchill-filtered, naturally coloured and bottled at a cask strength of 54.4%.
The cask only yielded 295 bottles, and each label details the cask number, exact dates of distillation and bottling, as well as the individual bottle number.
The nose is full of caramelised popcorn, with butter on toast and notes of orange marmalade. The palate moves on to sticky crème brûlée with a soft cinnamon spice that builds to a powerful finish, peppered with bitter chocolate and chilli. A long feisty finish. (Depending on your preference, a drop or two of water may be called for.)
Price R990 available exclusively from WhiskyBrother