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Arran - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

(50cl, 52%)

Arran - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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Arran - Batch 4 Bottling Note

The fourth batch of Arran single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company is another delicious island dram from the distillers on the Isle of Arran!

The label once again features the artist, Emily Chappell, and a friend stranded on a desert island after an ill-fated kayaking trip. It seems like they've been there long enough to start making the island feel like home, as they've gone and put up a Christmas tree! However, not even their Christmas cheer and cries of help to the Waverley cruise ship can deter an intrepid eagle, who seems intent on swiping their whisky!

"good grief...!!... The malt intensity would go off most known charts"

- Jim Murray (91.5 Points)

Batch 4 is a release of 1,270 bottles.

‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’ bottles single malts, single grains, blended malts, blends and bourbons from a variety of renowned distilleries. These whiskies are adorned with cultish graphic-novel-style labels.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Buttered hot-cross buns with plenty of sultanas, Refresher Bars, a little bit of rye spice and a whiff of coastal air. A drop of water brings creamy vanilla to the fore.

Palate: It opens with white grape, citrus and pineapple, which is swiftly joined by some rather powerful spicy malt and cinnamon. Cake icing (and a good chunk of cake too) gives balance on the mid palate.

Finish: Quite grassy and herbaceous on the finish, with orange blossom appearing right at the end.

Overall: Flavoursome with a good bit of power behind it, this is a delightful Arran single malt.

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Arran - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) Reviews

unique flavor

I get pineapple, clove, cinnamon and spice on palate. Nice bite. Water dilutes taste.

5th January 2016


Dominated by the alcohol. Tasted similar to the local dive bar's well whisky, which I am pretty sure is just a mix of ends from whatever they haven't sold that week. The good thing is I like that mix well enough, when my goal is to just drink and hang and I don't care what's in my glass. The bad thing is that it really did not work well for me with this. Based on the other reviews I wonder if I was simply in a horribly bad mood when I attempted this one.

Truly now, the nose had some promise, but it simply punched me with burning-hot rye. Sure, I could argue it was spicy, but it didn't do much for me. A drop of water eliminated that bit of spiciness and left the scent of diluted alcohol.....

On the tongue it actually was interesting, once I got past the burn. A little water destroyed most of that flavor. Before the water I got some nice spice and malt out of it, but it was overwhelmed with a gag-me volume of cinnamon. I thought for a second I had accidentally quaffed a shot of fireball.

Aftertaste had some nice earthy flavors offresh herbs. However, I would argue that when whomever wrote, "Flavoursome with a good bit of power behind it", that was code for, "Straight-up alcohol".

That said, I could see enjoying this in a mixed drink. In fact, I think I would enjoy it a lot in a mixed drink. Maybe in a Tom Collins.

I may change my mind if I get more time to learn this whisky, but I'm not going to be hunting it down for discovery purposes.

Final Note: I am doing the 2015 advent calendar. As a result, I get one drink at it to decide if I like it enough to buy more. Sometimes I need to drink something three or four times to make up my mind. Thus, my rating is based on a one-time drink experience.

12th December 2015

Sweet & strong

Whiskey for dessert, yum.

12th December 2015

Not the typical island malt

Very pale and light tasting, almost no bouquet, but very smooth, especially for a 52% by volume whisky. Very enjoyable. Unlike other island malts, there is no peat nose or taste. But this does not make it into a lowland or a Spey whisky: it is lighter in color and taste.

10th December 2015


First time I had a chance to test something out of the destillery on Arran, this was quite good! oddly fruity, citrus? cant really relate it to anything but overall it works out well. Oh and its quite creamy and has a nice texture to it which I like!

18th December 2014

Packs a punch

Ahh my first Boutique-y whisky and whoa from the first sip you can tell it means serious business. The high ABV comes through with a fruity/citrus taste along with some caramel. The finish packs a punch of pepper/spice and some hints of orange. It has a decent length finish which is really warming so perfect for the cold winter months and the high ABV doesn't dominate the flavour although I did find a little water helped release the flavours a bit more.

18th December 2014

Fragrant, honeyed, perfumed and delightful

I love a good independent bottling and this really hits the mark for me. Lots of sweet ginger spice with christmas cake, acacia honey and cream soda aromas fill the air around this dram. Grapefruit and marmalade notes on the palate a slight drop of water unveils further hidden complexity. There is a mild salty, briney note that appears to pull flavour after flavour along my palate with notes of toffee, dried apricot, cocktail cherries and even crystalised angelica. It's actually quite a profound experience for is, I guess a relatively young spirit the weight matching really well with the spirit to give a terrifically balanced malt.

18th December 2014

Grape and pinapple

Very fruity, and light. Similar to Glen Grant. Good but not great.

18th December 2014

A Fresh & Lively Expression

Nose: Citrus oil, sherbert lemons, vanilla, a touch of Summer cologne, some fresh mint and warm buttered scones.

Palate: A fresh arrival including notes of citrus zest, a mixed tropical fruit salad, some hot spice and vanilla.

Finish: A long and relatively floral finish, with notes of candied lemon, boiled sweets and some cologne fading away in the distance.

18th December 2014

Arran - Batch 4

Nose: botanicals, raisins, cinnamon. Palate: very pleasant - citrus, grapefruit, malt, vanilla, samphire, marzipan. Finish: quite quick - hay, orange, allspice. It goes down very smoothly for its strength.

18th December 2014

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