Arran Premier Barrel
Billed as "an aromatically attractive Arran malt bottling" - and there was us thinking that learning about alliteration at school would never be useful in life. This is part of a Douglas Laing's Premier Barrel Selection range, there are just 369 of these 12 year old Arran decanters.
The flask I tasted was shipped all the way doon to New Zealand where I bought it at a specialist shop named "Whisky Galore" in Christcurch. I bought it because my grandson is named Arran and he is a scion of the McLean and MacDonald clans. I could pull all kinds of metaphors out of a fancy hat that was all puffery and filled with self importance. I'd rather say this is a lighter style Island whisky with an elegance that rated the use of a tasting glass yet a strenghth that rated a good cigar...it's an Arran and, by virtue of that fact, viewed critically on its own unique environment and character.
13th September 2013