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1996 Rest & Be Thankful Arran 18 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 55.3%
With historical ties to Bruichladdich, independent bottlers, 'Rest & Be Thankful' have had a strong focus on Islay. More recently they've expanded the range to include other notable distilleries. Arran is based at Lochranza on the Isle of Arran which lies off the West Coast between Ayrshire and Kintyre. The company was set up by Harold Currie, who was previously Managing Director of Chivas (Seagrams) and House of Campbell (Pernod Ricard). Most of the output is non chill-filtered / non peated with an emphasis on squeaky clean American oak, creamy textures and sweet barley flavours. This tasting was limited to a 20ml sample - just enough to paint the picture and recommend.Tasting note: Matured in a Bourbon cask. Pale straw gold. Aromas of ginger bread, fresh cocoa and oatmeal biscuit, with air contact accenting Turkish Delight and sponge cake sweetness; flavours of Marie biscuits, juicy malt and delicate pepper warmth. Fabulous balance. Lemon butter, ginger and tingling spices to finish. Very pure and relatively soft at this ABV. Medium long. Non chill filtered. 55.3% Alc./Vol. 328 bottles released.