Arran is an island distillery and whilst not widely known of a readily available in shops and bars is fairly highly regarded.
This whisky comes from That Boutique-y Whisky Company who distribute independently bottled small batch whiskies, generally at cask strength with some pretty funky labels. This whisky is bottled at 52% and appears to have no colourant added and won't have undergone chill-filtration.
On the nose this dram is full of fruit, citrus, orange, dried fruit, apple, vanilla, oak and sweet spices. The components are very sweet, but fairly light and lifted, there is a fresh breeze quality which adds a bit of zing and stops the nose becoming heavy and too one dimensional.
On the palate the sweetness is there, but for me this needs taming with a little bit of water as the alcohol comes through quite strongly. With water this opens up a bit and you are able to delve a bit deeper, there is caramel, a slightly sour lemon note with white pepper, cardamon and cinnamon. At first this seems to be fairly heavy and full bodied, but again there is a bit of lightness here alongside the sweet, slightly coastal and herbaceous quality.
This is a nice dram, certainly not one for a beginner and honestly not to my taste overall, it is a bit light, but would make a nice summer dram perhaps. This is great for those that like lighter, but characterful whiskies.
Arran Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) is available at Master of Malt for £46.95