Arran Lochranza Reserve is matured in bourbon and sherry casks. Named after the home village of Arran Distillery built in 1995. Created by the famous distiller James MacTaggart to to show an even lighter side of Arran, And this is where it gets a bit too light for my taste. Overall, an okay dram though.
Arran Lochranza Reserve was a positive surprise for me. Even though it has a little bit of that stingy citrus kick in the palate, it is nicely crispy. Kinda like The Butterfly Effect, blocking out harmful memories of similar kind of palates, that usually don’t fit for me. This dram surprised me like Ashton Kutcher being involved in a good movie.
Nose: Nicely floral, like delicately nosing a meadow. Malt with salty breeze and stingy fruits, fermented citrus with hints of toffee.
Taste: Orange marmalade first, then berries start to dominate. Crispy citrus turns into smooth and light palate with some sour notes.
Finish: Falls flat. I did spot some berry sourness between the sweet spots but otherwise a dull finish. Mild toffee rises at the end.
Balance: Easy to drink. Compliments to Arran for keeping the palate light enough, so it isn’t too stingy.
Nose: 20 | Taste: 21 | Finish: 20 | Balance: 21
Overall score: 82
Non chill-filtered, no added colouring
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