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29 Sep 2009

Arran – Pomerol wine finish

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Arran

This Arran was matured for 8 years in traditional bourbon casks and finished for a further 6 months in bordeaux wine casks from Château La Conseillante. The château uses mainly new French oak.


  
Arran Pomerol Arran 8yo ‘Pomerol finish’ (50%, OB 2009, bordeaux wine cask, 9420 btl.)

Nose: very rubbery I’m afraid, like wine finishes can be. Hints of cooked red fruits (strawberry) and cinnamon. Some blood oranges. Hints of vanilla and cranberries. Mouth: plums and oak. Again some strawberries with malty notes. Liquorice. After a while, big notes of ginger. Too much (new) wood. Finish: oaky, slightly peppery with hints of cereals.

A curious Arran. I still don’t get why Arran, Edradour or Bruichladdich keep finishing in wine casks so much. Apart from a few exceptions, I find the results rarely satisfying. Arran Peacock shows their normal maturation is much better.

Score: 65/100

Arran – Pomerol wine finish 0.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-09-29
  • http://www.weedram.be/blog/Bert Bert B.

    Why Arran, Bruichladdich and Edradour are doing all those wine-finishes:
    Arran: only built in 1995, so can`t diversify with different ages of whisky … has to make the range deeper by making finishes.
    Bruichladdich: doesn`t produce for a blender, so to get some volume, they make finishes … and to sell young whisky (to finance stocks), they sell the private casks.
    Edradour: I really couldn`t tell ;-)

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Sure, I get that. It’s just that they could get a better fame by not releasing everything. Fewer but better finishes would pay off in the long term. Sweeter wines work a lot better than regular wines.

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