Frequenters of our weekly news blog may well have noticed that the folks at Lochranza Distillery on Arran had a complete re-brand of their packaging back in September. Two whiskies were added to the range and have been received warmly. But it wasn’t just the new kids that caught the imaginations of the collective whisky commentating public. Since then, the Arran 10 year old has picked up Gold medals at both the World Whiskies Awards AND the International Wines & Spirits Competition. This intrigued me greatly, so I got some. And here’s what I think of it!
Arran: 10 Year Old
Price: £34 (Master of Malt)
Honey on sweetened gooseberries, crunchy fresh malt, very slight vanilla and a hint of orange blossom.
A surprising initial sourness gives way to a fruity and malty trudge in the barley field via the orchard. Apples, cereals, pears, oranges, the zest of lemon and honey. Very pleasant!
Medium length, easy and sweet, with occasional protuberances of oats and lemon.
Sometimes, distilleries are accused of ‘overdoing it’. Whether its pricing, packaging, marketing or whatever. On this occasion, Arran cannot be accused of that, everything about it is pitched as near to perfect as far as it matters. They’ve delivered a great whisky at a great price, and in my opinion, all of the plaudits are well deserved. Great, reliable, dramming.
And as you know, I’ve never been wrong before!
Or have I!?
GO AND TRY SOME, FIND OUT FOR YOURSELVES!