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Arran Single Cask – bottled for Viskiryhmä Turku

Arran Private Cask bottling

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.

Arran Private Single Cask bottled for whisky society in Turku

Whisky you can call premium alcohol

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.

Matured in:
Ex-Bourbon casks
Non-chill filtered, no added colour
Colour: Gold
ABV: 57.3%
Nose: Trails of smoke go by in a short breeze, along with light notes of Chardonnay. Lots of berries, vanilla and spicy notes as well. Hints of tropical fruits. Addition of water makes the aromas damp and brings more spices, nutmeg dominating.
Taste: Grapefruit notes and acid dryness. Sweet, fresh mango juice. Lots of vanilla, little bit of pineapple. Adding water brings out roasted notes and toffee along with nutmeg and cinnamon.
Finish: Dry oak and mango. Lots of pleasant oil. Peppery, nutmeg and vanilla. Peppermint drops. Water adds spices into the strong aftertaste.
Balance: Gets powerful and better towards the end. Not the most balanced premium malt but still, offers great quality like single cask whiskies with cask strength should.

Arran Viskiryhmä Turku Scoring

91
Nose:Taste:Finish:Balance:
21
23
25
22
Distillery: Arran Region: Lochranza, Isle of Arran
Bottle no. 140/232 of Viskiryhmä Turku Private Cask

Bottle no. 140 of 232, bottled on June 10, 2019. Distilled on March 27, 2008. Maturation in Bourbon Barrel 2008/011.

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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