Bought – Whisky Exchange, 23rd April 2014
94.5/100 – Whisky Bible 2014
84/100 – Malt Maniacs (average from 3 reviews)
I wanted to drink my one-and-only bottle of Arran, so the hunt was on to find its distillery replacement to keep my collection of every distillery intact. I have the 10-year-old, which Jim Murray scores a respectable 87/100 in his Whisky Bible. I wanted something better, which led me to this Amarone Cask Finish. Not quite cask strength but at 50%, natural colour and non-chill filtered, it sounds very nice indeed!
94.5/100 in the Whisky Bible classifies this single malt as a “superstar whisky that gives us all a reason to live.” Jim Murray says of the taste “the grape is juicy and sweet, the barley is firm and forms the perfect skeleton, the spices pop busily around the palate. No great age evident, but the oak also chimes in with a few choice cocoa notes.” He concludes with “as cask finishes go, this one is just about perfect.”
Here are Scotch 4 Dummies with their review on You Tube (December 2015):