Arran Pineau de Charentes Finish

Barley de Charentes

If there is one thing they do love at the Arran distillery, it is a limited edition bottling. I don’t think there is another Scottish distillery with such an expended list of official releases, certainly not in that short a lifespan. It makes almost every bottle both unique and collectable, but also creates quite a few problems: firstly chances are low that you’ll find a certain limited edition at your stockist, secondly you will probably not find a second example of a bottle you like and thirdly what’s the use of taking notes of something that only a limited few get to enjoy?

My 10th expression of Arran, keeping it one of my best explored distilleries thus far.

arra pineauDescription: distilled in 1998 matured in Bourbon casks with a 8-month finish the 25yo Limousin oak Pineau des Charentes casks by Hardy Cognac, bottled in 2008 by Arran at 55.0% ABV.

Nose: fruit driven with a fair dash of cognac to make things interesting. The aroma of raisins, vanilla, with a titbit of toffee and strawberry.

Mouth: a gorgeous round body combined with a sweet dessert palate: cherry meringues, demerara sugar, milk chocolate fondue, nutmeg sprinkles and a cinnamon edge.

Finish: long and lingering, with a bitter grapefruit sting.

The Verdict: the spirit was only 9 to 10 years old when it was taken out of its cask, Naturally it draws hard on the wood maturation: bourbon, cognac and Pineau de Charantes. Getting a cask finish from a barrel with both wine and cognac essences is a nice touch of course. Oh and it is as delicious as it sounds. The nose might not give it away, but the palate is an absolute stunner. Well done…

Score: 89

Nose: 21

Taste: 24
Finish: 22 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house