This is an Arran malt finished in a cognac cask from A. Hardy and bottled at 57.8% ABV.
Nose: Dry, brittle oak rubbed with mustard and cumin. Muddled malt with a distinct heather note.
Palate: Floral and spicy malt with the heather still present. A dollop of honey with ginger and grass.
Finish: Dry and crisp with sour oak and black pepper.
Rating: 82/100 – A bit strange but the cognac cask adds some interesting notes.
Value for the money: These go for around $80, but I wouldn’t buy one over $50.
This is a NAS expression from Arran bottled at 52.3% ABV. They released 3 chapters in the Devil’s Punchbowl Series. It’s a vatting of 24 casks including some peated and sherry casks.
Nose: Melons, mangoes, with salt atop a floral malt. Sherry notes linger in background with wisps of smoke.
Palate: Bitter melon up front turning peppery with the sherry emerging.
Finish: Quite dry – heat fades into old oak and vanilla custard.
Rating: 88/100 – A complex blend of casks which is quite enjoyable.
Value for the money: These were $130 at retail which isn’t too bad, but guessing the secondary values are over $200 now which is not worth it to me. I’d still buy one at retail if I found one.
This is a NAS Arran expression that was finished in an Amarone cask (Italian red wine) for an undisclosed period of time and bottled at 50% ABV.
Nose: Floral malt with dry red wine notes – confectioner’s sugar, strawberries, raspberries, and light, dry oak.
Palate: Reminds me of Glenmorangie Companata – stewed dark fruits, cinnamon, vanilla.
Finish: Fruits linger on with spiced malt.
Rating: 86/100 – Quite sweet overall like a dessert pour. The red wine cask influence really comes through.
Value for the money: This goes for around $90-$100 which is a little steep I think. I’d buy a bottle around $70.