#499 • Arran 13 Private Cask SAQ

55.6% alc./vol.
Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Isle of Arran, Scotland

We are spoiling this afternoon with a whiskey from another era, bottled exclusively for the SAQ, a Arran of 13 years of age, distilled 28 May 2001 and bottled 8 July 2014 of sherry cask # 2001 / 95. I had the 112 342 bottle.

What is unfortunate is that this traffic jam is exhausted. What is even more unfortunate is that I still talk about it. What do you want, I must finally publish all my tastings, so late is it ...

By cons, good news, you can probably find a glass of these whiskeys disappeared in good whiskey bars of the Quebec City region such as the Nelligan's or Crazy Aelies… More recently, Clover, in Limoilou, also offers a beautiful card of drams ...

As the French novelist, biographer, storyteller and essayist so aptly put it, Émile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog, better known by the pseudonym André Maurois (1885-1967) said so well:

The delay is the politeness of the artists ...

Orange red and coppery once again full of promise.

Nose:
Inflated with multiple facets, rich caramel, toffee, dulce de leche. Grapes, prunes and nutmeg. Sherry someone? Tobacco pipe.

Taste:
Astringent spices of sherry, still unctuous caramel, red fruits bursting with juice, raisins, dates, red and black licorice. Really delicious, with an alcohol level that enhances beautifully.

Finish:
All the right notes of a sherry cask are hit, I repeat myself again. Long and dry finish on the classic accents of oak board infused with sherry.

Balance:
Excellent traffic jam, but the question arises, is it too expensive? Its exclusivity at the SAQ does not change anything, but its cask strength rate can certainly be worth a few dollars.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

#480 • Arran 21 years Limited Edition KWM Exclusive

Arran 21 KWM

55.3% alc./vol.
Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Isle of Arran, Scotland

A small thank you to my friends at home Québec Whisky for inviting Andrew Ferguson, better known as Scotch Guy, from Calgary's Kensington Wine Market last March. The latter brought us beautiful bottles to enjoy, including the famous Arran 21 years Limited Edition, bottled especially for the quarter-century of KWM.

This good juice comes from the No. 559 drum, distilled the 17 June 1996 and bottled the 9 April 2018 for a final crop of 352 bottles.

As the singer-songwriter and American actress so aptly put it Taylor Alison Swift (1989-) said so well:

There are many books that seem to have been published only to serve to sit children on low chairs.

Nose:
Honey and wood, nice grilled malt. Ripe field fruits, fresh cream, vanilla and back wood.

Taste:
Red fruits, vanilla, oak, malt and beautiful astringent leather. Spices elegantly bring us to the finale. A superb scotch.

Finish:
Wood, spices and barley, touch of fruit.

Balance:
An incredible malt, an excellent choice from the KWM. Why can not we have beautiful things like that in Quebec?

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★