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19 Feb 2013

Arran 1996 (Master of Malt)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Arran

Still working our way through the latest batch of Master of Malt releases.

 

Arran 16 years 1996 | Master of MaltArran 16 yo 1996 (55,4%, Master of Malt 2012, refill sherry hogshead, 218 btl.)

Nose: a lot of vanilla and honey. Banana milkshake. Some butter. Baked apple. A hint of pepper. Not bad at all. Mouth: very malty with a lot of ginger and pepper, up to the point where it gets too much. Liquorice. Grows really bitter, with lots of grapefruit, lemon zest and Seville oranges. A soapy edge as well (it’s a fine line between lemon and lemon soap sometimes). Finish: medium long, the grainy sharpness remains, with the bitterness, cloves and pepper.

This one shows too much pepper and grainy sharpness to make for a balanced dram. There’s better Arran to be found, maybe this one was chosen for showing an uncommon character. Around € 60. There’s a new Arran 16 yo by Master of Malt by the way (53,9%) which looks more promising.

Score: 80/100

Arran 1996 (Master of Malt) 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-02-19

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