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Arran The Devil’s Punch Bowl Chapter III (The Fiendish Finale)

Type: Scotch Single Malt Whisky
Region: Island Whisky
Distillery: Arran
Bottler: Arran
Age: NAS
Alcohol: 53.4%
Bottled: 2014
Initial Price: GBP 80+
Current Status: Available with a few retailers in Europe at prices starting at GBP 85
 
Review

This has been a month of the ‘Devil’ with Arran and Bowmore bringing out two Devilishly good limited releases into the market. So I decided to pit the two the devil’s against each other. Here’s what I thought of the Arran first..

Nose: The nose which was the best part of this one.. was a exceptionally pleasing medley of fruits and spices.. Apple, bananas.. with cinnamon’s and vanilla. As it opens up further you get some dried black raisins and towards the end .. what remains is some refreshing lemon zest.

I kept it aside with a few drops of water in it.. and that brought out a lot of ripe oranges and wood..

Each of those French Oak.. Bourbon and Sherry casks used for maturing this one.. made their presence clearly felt here.

Palate: The palate does have more of those fruits coming through.. although this time it was harder to point out which ones exactly.. I’d say they were definitely more tropical .. There were also some dark chocolatey flavors coming through with an interesting orangy tang to it. A sprinkling of white pepper and some woody notes were part of the mix too. Overall the palate is fairly creamy with a hint of dryness that begins to appear initially but it loses this completely and just gets a lot more creamier once it marries the tiny bit of water that I’d put in.

Finish: The finish wasn’t too long.. but not too short either.. a bit of the spices and some mint.. that was more like toothpaste to be honest..

Overall this is indeed was a fine finale.. to what has now become somewhat of an iconic series from this young distillery. Whether or not it has been better than the previous two editions of this series.. is for you to decide.. 🙂

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Arran The Devil’s Punch Bowl Chapter II (Angels and Devils)

Type: Scotch Single Malt Whisky
Region: Island Whisky
Distillery: Arran
Bottler: Arran
Age: NAS
Alcohol: 53.1%
Natural Cask Strength: No
Bottled: 2013
Initial Price: No Info
Current Status: Available with a few retailers in Europe at prices starting at GBP 150
 
Review
 

Too many cooks spoil the broth? Well not in this case. 27 casks by Master Distiller James MacTaggart, 17 Sherry casks, 6 unpeated bourbon casks and 4 peated.. that and the name in itself were enough to get me intrigued…

Nose: Each of the casks have left a bit of their imprint on the nose.. there lots of spice coming from cinnamon and nutmeg, sweetness from raisins .. fresh wood shavings .. leave it longer.. there’s some liquorice that comes through and finally some lemon zest in the back ground

Palate: A gentle mix of honey and peat make for an excellent combination.. there also a good amount of spice.. some more liquorice that follows through from the nose and dark chocolate.. finally got some mangoes ..or probably some similar fruit flavors that are in too

Finish: Medium Long.. just about perfect .. with the right amount of spices.. dark chocolate and some more raisins too…. well that how the red devil on the dark black bottle signed off!..

For me this a nice dessert dram and probably the perfect drink on a Christmas night near the tree by the fire place.