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13 Nov 2013

Arran 1996 (Jan Vissers Private Cask)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Arran

Jan Vissers - Arran ambassadorJan Vissers is the owner of The Single Malt Whisky Shop in Zammel (Belgium) and a proud ambassador for the Arran distillery.

For Jan’s 35th birthday, distillery manager James MacTaggart selected a 16 years old cask that was released as a Private Cask bottling. It’s clearly from a sherry hogshead and probably the darkest Arran so far.

 

 

 

Arran 1996 - Private Cask Jan VissersArran 16 yo 1996
(55,7%, OB Private Cask for Jan Vissers 2013, oloroso sherry hogshead, 174 btl.)

Nose: nicely aromatic, with a wide array of sherry aromas. Juicy cherries (hints of Ginjinha), Christmas pears in wine, redcurrants, red plums. Almond cream and a soft caramel note. Growing spicy over time – Christmas spices indeed. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger. Light floral notes and oak polish. Milk chocolate and Café Noir biscuits. Whiffs of cedar oak and mint as well. Very sherried, in a superbly clean way. Mouth: again highly influenced by the sherry. Raisins, muscovado sugar, chocolate and dried fruits, followed by spices again (cloves, pepper). A dry edge of strong black tea, as well as some tobacco leaves. Finish: long, mostly on liquorice, dark chocolate and walnut hints.

Very punchy, flavoursome Arran, with the sherry in the lead. This profile usually comes with a higher age and a higher price. My best Arran so far. Around € 75 – sold out.

Score: 89/100

Arran 1996 (Jan Vissers Private Cask) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-11-13

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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