This Private Cask Arran was bottled for Viskiryhmä Turku, which is a small but vibrant whisky community in Turku region (held in Facebook). Located in Lochranza village in the Isle of Arran, the Arran Distillery was built in 1995.
It’s become one of the favorite distilleries of key people in the whisky group for Turku. So it was evident that the group decided to order an whisky named after the group from Arran.
This 11 year old whisky was distilled 27.03.2008 and bottled 10.06.2019. It’s been matured in
Bourbon Barrel number 2008/011. Limited to only 232 bottles and bottled at whopping 57,3% alcohol by volume level.
Unlike most members of the Turku whisky group, I’m not a fan of Arran. Their whiskies usually represent the crispy lighter single malts. Although I sometimes like to get a taste of crispy fruity whiskies, Arran hasn’t managed to offer me a smooth enough version, like Tobermory 10YO for example.
But getting a cask strength malt whisky from a private single cask is of course, completely a different story. Whisky coming from a single cask in its natural strength is an offer you can’t refuse. It sets expectations high. It can’t always be good, after all, it’s a matter of taste.
Fortunately this Private Cask Arran met my standards. It’s good, premium quality dram and it’s nice to look at when resting in your whisky glass, in its natural golden color.