# 520 • Arran the Devil's Punch Bowl Chapter 3

53.4% alc./vol.
Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Isle of Arran, Scotland

Name name name, today one Arran without mention of age perhaps, but having possibly sold his soul to the devil to benefit from a composition of no less than 21 barrels!

8 barrels of oloroso sherry butts (# 219, 220, 714, 1643, 1648, 1827, 1828, 2105), 8 French oak barrels (# 696-698, 700, 701, 703-705) and 5 bourbon barrels ( # 042, 050, 052, 074, 079). To finish with a limited edition of 6660 bottles! Date 2014.

As the Admiral of the Royal Navy and Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom said so well Philip charles durham (1763-1845) said so well:

When the demons want to produce the darkest crimes, they first present them under a celestial exterior.

Slightly rosy amber.

Nose:
Grilled malt delicately smoked. Sherry spike with red fruits and grapes.

Taste:
Vanilla, caramel and berries. Spices on fire of the cask strength. Beautiful sherry influence.

Finish:
Long, spicy and warm on red and black licorice accents. Red fruits and leather smoke.

Balance:
A good dram, especially at this alcohol level. Devilishly good, but not divine.

Note: ★★★★★

# 517 • Arran Sauternes Wine Cask Finish

50% alc./vol.
Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Isle of Arran, Scotland

Two Arran back-to-back, it's a reason to celebrate!

Arran has put forward several efforts in recent years at the level of refining, wanting to join the ranks of the Glenmorangie of this world, to succeed in making it a true trademark. Their range of “Cask Finishes” is a great testimony to their success in this adventure.

Without further ado, here is an Arran matured in a barrel of the king of dessert wines, Sauternes ...

As the French writer and playwright said so well Pierre-Jules Renard (1864-1910) said so well:

When a train passes a turntable, the wagons appear to have hiccups.

Fairly pale, but still with a beautiful gilding worthy of its barrel.

Nose:
Grilled malt and wood full of powerful Sauternes. Honey, almond frangipane with a touch of banana.

Taste:
Honey and burnt caramel burst with a nice spice punch. Rather low weight on the tongue, but it is a gap that his alcohol level catches up well.

Finish:
Once the wave of spices has passed, we are sadly left with a metallic, acid, rusty impression. Okay.

Balance:
His final costs him points, but overall it's a good finish. It's just that after seeing what the good Glenmos do in this department, the expectations are high. It's not pasr Nectar.

Note: ★★★★★