The Isle of Arran Distillery have started off the Explorers series with the recently released Brodick Bay.
The distillery has been around since 1995 and sits in some of the most beautiful surroundings in Scotland. They are also one of the few independently owned distilleries in Scotland.
They have recently seen a massive rebrand that firmly situates the distillery in the 21st century. Their new image is sharp and clean, but with a traditional feel to it.
They have also introduced the White Stag Community. This exclusive group celebrates the “beauty, independence and true craftsmanship” of Isle of Arran malt.
This group will have access to exclusive malts as well as having the chance to sit on the distillery’s tasting panel.
As well as a new look and community, the distillery have introduced the limited edition Explorers series, beginning with Brodick Bay.
Brodick Bay is called after a bay on the Isle of Arran, which is about 12 miles from the distillery.it is limited to 9,000 bottles and is available to buy at the Isle of Arran Distillery Visitors’ Shop, for £130.
Director of the distillery, Euan Mitchell describes the release as, “a very complex and multi-layered whisky, which was a conscious choice to reflect the diversity and charm of the island,”
‘Seeing the natural beauty of this island every day is so inspiring. It felt like the obvious choice to pay homage to the picturesque scenery through our new limited edition series.’
The sherried malt has been matured in ex-Sherry and ex-Bourbon barrels before it was finished in oloroso Sherry butts.
The nose opens with lots of sherry and spice. It was warming and homely, with cinnamon nutmeg and cloves.
Stronger, sweeter notes of fruit and creamy toffee. It is wonderfully saccharine. Citrus notes and orchard fruits appear.
The palate is deep and rich, with an incredible sweetness. Caramel and black treacle come out, with dried fruits and citrus tones.
These all melt together in a sea of oak wood and cream. The mouth feel is smooth and easy going, with a honeyed texture.
Slightly peppery spice and a hint of cinnamon also comes through.
The finish is soft and gentle, with lots of caramel, honey and fruit notes.
This is a promising start for the Explorers series, and it will be exciting to see what comes next. Keep an eye out for future instalments.