This Arran 1998/2008 single cask was chosen over the Glenmorangie Astar in the recent Battle of the Stunners tasting.
Arran 1998 (56,5%, OB 2008, bourbon cask #700, 223 btl.)
Nose: clean and fruity. Vanilla with some honey. Yellow apples, pineapple and kiwi. Violet candy. Lemon marmalade. Very light oak influence. Sweet and very enjoyable.
Mouth: good attack. Citrusy with hints of plums. Hints of cherry liqueur and peaches. A bit of lemon. Slightly spicy (ginger, pepper) with a bittery edge (liquorice?) towards the end.
Finish: medium length, on creamy moccha and fruits with hints of saffron.
A solid Arran with a sweet vanilla nose. Not very complex but really drinkable.