Back at the start of 2021 I was in Mumbai, rebottling whiskies into miniatures for tasting in India and to bring some back to Europe. The Campbeltown and Arran sets were dutifully dispatched early February to Paris and we dove into the Campbeltown ones almost right away!
As for the Arran trio? Let’s just say we got distracted with all the other whiskies we had accumulated or had wandered their way to us!
So when I decided to “pop” over to Paris, I decided to augment the trio already with my fellow “Euro Whisky Ladies” with another duo…. this time bringing the additional drams by hand.
So what was in the original Lochranza vertical?
- Arran 14 year 46% – A “proper” whisky – well crafted and friendly, eminently satisfying
- Arran 18 year 46% – Decadent, indulgent without being overwhelming… a well rounded robust sherry influenced whisky
- Arran 23 year (1996/2020) Sherry Hogshead Cask No 436, 52.6% – phenomenal aromas, lush, rich, and intense, best had with water
And what did I add to augment it?
- Arran Quarter Cask The Bothy 56.2% – Quite likely a different batch than the one I tried at Lochranza distillery in August 2020
- Arran Port Cask Finish 50% – One I’ve tried before but couldn’t help pick up another
Tasting notes for The Bothy are from this summer however the Port is from a few years ago. We haven’t yet revisited it, though no doubt will soon enough. It may be some time before we slowly but surely work our way through a few sets before the Arran drams. Ahh… a problem of plenty is not really a problem at all!
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