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Arran Sauternes Finish - 50% abv, 70cl

€62.80 $61.92 £55.00

Honey

Treacle, toffee, caramel, heather

The sweetness of honey is one of the most common flavours in Scotch whisky…particularly in younger examples of the popular Speyside style that forms the basis of many of the most popular blends, but also in the Highlands and, perhaps most characteristically, the Lowlands. The Island whiskies, too, often express a honey-like sweetness in their lighter forms. This is usually the result of the natural sugars present in malted barley, and so is generally more apparent in younger whiskies (up to 15-18 years of age) before too much of heftier flavours like wood, spice or dried fruit are imparted from the cask.

A richer, toffee-like sweetness often derives from European oak casks (generally ex-sherry), while American oak (ex-bourbon or newer sherry casks) produces a lighter, vanilla-tinged flavour that complements the natural sugars of the barley. The marshmallow-like sweetness of bourbon often translates into a lighter honey-like flavour in Scotch matured in ex-bourbon casks.

Good examples of single malts that carry strong flavours of honey are the classic Glenlivet and its many Speyside brethren; the lightness and softness of Lowlanders Glenkinchie and Auchentoshan; and the heathery sweetness of younger Highland Parks or some Highlanders like Dalwhinnie or Glen Garioch. In addition, virtually all of the biggest names in blended whisky are marked by this kind of flavour - the house styles of Johnnie Walker, J&B and Chivas Regal all depend on that sweet, youthful Speyside core. All of them are likely to go well with lighter cigars, particularly those with sweet flavours of their own, such as Hoyo de Monterrey.

 

Arran Sauternes Finish - 50% abv, 70cl

‘Arran’ was the newest and only working distillery on the Isle of Arran (located...read more

Tasting Notes

Nose:
Sweet ripe apricots, fresh pear and manuka honey

Palate:
Zesty lemon with crushed sea salt and more layers of sickly honey

Finish:
Bananna milkshake and vanilla ice cream

Product Info

Arran Sauternes Finish - 50% abv, 70cl

‘Arran’ was the newest and only working distillery on the Isle of Arran (located on the west coast of scotland) for almost 26 years until the renewal of Lagg. Both run by Chivas, Lagg has taken the responsibility of producing the islands smoky whisky whilst Arran, for the first time since its inception, now makes only unpeated spirit. Although there was a history of illicit distilling on the island dating back to before 1837, several downturns in the whisky industry and the difficulties with transporting to an island made re-establishing a distillery hard. Due to the distilleries age, it does not have stores of historic casks, or many older expressions, however it more than makes up for this in its hugely varied cask and strength iterations. Extremely popular for its salty, smooth and fresh style, any bottle of Arran is like a walk on the beach.

 

Arran continues its adventure into unique casks with this exclusive sauternes cask bottling. Previously holding the almost sickly sweet Bordeaux wine, notes of honey and mead give this depth and full flavour, and are a great alternative if you’ve exhausted the bourbon and sherry cask market.

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