The first release in The Explorers Series pays homage to Brodick Bay on the east coast of the Isle of Arran.
The single malt Scotch has been matured for 20 years in both Bourbon and Sherry hogsheads and finished in Oloroso Sherry butts from Spain.
On the palate, it is described as having “intense sweetness” with notes of dark chocolate raisins, fudge and honey.
Euan Mitchell, managing director of Isle of Arran Distillers, said: “Seeing the natural beauty of this island every day is so inspiring. It felt like the obvious choice to pay homage to the picturesque scenery through our new limited edition series.
“This first release is a very complex and multi-layered whisky, which was a conscious choice to reflect the diversity and charm of the island.
“All the installments from The Explorers Series will be an innovative blend of flavours. We want to give whisky lovers something that is unlike anything else, because to us, there’s nowhere like the Isle of Arran.”
The Explorers Series follows the release of the Smugglers Series in 2015, which pays homage to the illicit whisky trade that once operated from Arran to Glasgow.
The Arran Explorers’ Series is a collection of limited edition expressions of The Arran Single Malt. Each edition celebrates the outstanding scenic beauty and diversity of nature on the Isle of Arran.
As the ferry across the Firth of Clyde nears its destination, the visitor will be granted a first glimpse of ‘Scotland in Miniature’, the Isle of Arran. The broad sweep of Brodick Bay, backed by dense woodland of Scots pine, is guarded by the island’s highest peak, Goat Fell. With its varied terrain of sandy beach, verdant field, impenetrable forest and craggy mountain pass, this magical island affords the traveler a wide choice of outdoor pursuits.
This view from the foothills south of Brodick Bay is best taken in with a dram of The Arran Single Malt in hand. This particular example is 20 years old and has been matured in both Bourbon Barrels and Sherry Hogsheads before being finished in Oloroso Sherry Butts sourced directly from Bodegas Tradicion in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. The complex and multi-layered dram perfectly reflects the diversity, allure, and charm of this beautiful island. Take your senses on an adventure around the Isle of Arran.
NOSE Immediate notes of creamy toffee emerge, with the fresh fruity citrus notes of Arran also very evident. The promise of something memorable.
PALATE Starts with an intense sweetness which coats the tongue as the creamy toffee develops into a treacle laced fudge. Dark chocolate raisins and honey give this dram delicious depth which stays long on the palate. With time or a drop of water, this dram opens up beautifully and shows another side with soft oak and hints of pink pepper.
FINISH Long and memorable. A real gourmet dram which retains the sweetness of the delicate Arran character with layers of rich intense fruit. Welcome to Brodick Bay and the beautiful Isle of Arran.
• 49.8% Alc./Vol.
• 20 years old
• Limited Edition of 9,000 bottles worldwide
• Matured in Bourbon Barrels, Sherry Hogsheads, and Oloroso Sherry Butts
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