This limited edition expression from Arran is finished for 6 months in casks from Château La Conseillante in the Pomerol region of Bordeaux, originally used to mature a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The whisky spends its first eight years in traditional casks.
Nose: A complex and unmuddled sweet smorgasbord of fruit and spice. Mild eraser, pine, freshly washed strawberries, juniper berries, apricot and cinnamon. A drop of water brings out caramel and accentuates the apricot, eclipsing the berry notes.
Palate: The apricot sweetness continues with a warm syrupy mouthfeel . Water exposes eye-popping mayan chocolate - highly recommended.
Finish: Vanilla, pepper, citrus and dark cocoa.
Overall: Surprisingly drinkable for an eight-year-old whisky at 50%abv. $74.95 at the LCBO.