1998 Arran 14 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky

SKU #1139582

Our first attempt to visit the lone distillery on Scotland's Isle of Arran was disastrous - a gigantic blizzard blew through the south of Scotland, completely shutting down the available ferry system and knocking out power for the entire island. Despite our desire to finally see one of the true up-and-comers of the Scotch industry, we were simply out of luck this year. That didn't mean we couldn't taste through casks, however. Luckily for us, the Arran rep was stationed at Glasgow when the storm hit and had samples pulled in anticipation of our appointment. We met up with her shortly after the storm and immediately fell in love with an ex-sherry hogshead that was as complex and delicious as anything we had ever tasted from the young distillery. The nose is all golden grains, brandied fruit, and malty goodness. The palate has a short burst of bright fruit before settling down into faint sherry and sweet barley. At cask strength the alcohol makes these flavors even more powerful, but water doesn't hinder them in any way. Arran is easily the MIP of the malt industry - the most improved player. Recent releases have been top notch, especially for a producer that began in 1996. We have no doubt that this wonderful cask will make believers out of K&L customers as well. The richness of the finish lingers on forever, reminding for minutes how legit this whisky is. Of course, we knew that going in. That's why we were willing to brave the blizzard. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2013 | Send Email
This was an explosion of flavors! An almost fruity style with sultanas, figs and white currants there is also an intensity of vanilla on the palate that finishes with dulce de leche quality. This is the whisky that makes you think Christmas fruitcake - IN A GOOD WAY!

Staff Image By: Jeremy Bohrer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2013 | Send Email
Are you getting tired of the peat bombs? Had enough of the Ardbeg or Laphroaig and want to try something new? Well, don't miss this one. It is just plain delicious! Soft and creamy with wonderful bourbonish vanilla, nougat, candied fruits and a killer burnt milk (a la Dulce de leche) component that just made me swoon. Soft as a baby's bottom and perfect for when you want to pass on the peat.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2013 | Send Email
This Arran 14 is for people who want a single malt that is not smokey. It is soft and round with layered sherry and malt flavors.With a touch of water the Arran 14 opens up with a second layer of very sublte sea like aromas. Easy to drink and enjoy.

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