Almost 3 years I reviewed the first batch of Arran ‘The Bothy’ which is Arran’s offering of a young yet fast matured cask strength whisky to the masses. It’s matured 1st Fill American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrels before a legnthy finish in small (Quarter size) casks.
This third batch was bottled a year ago in September 2017 at 53.2%. 13,800 bottles were circulated from this batch and some are still available although the majority of the Arran ‘The Bothy’ bottles in the markets are from the 4th batch.
Nose: Somewhat muted at first so lets give it a few minutes to open up. Then we have pears, apricot and honey sweetness. Slowly rocks dust note comes up, baked pears, cake dough and vanilla, After a while it gets fruiter and sweeter.
Palate: Limestone and rocks dust, honey, tons of sweet pears, honey, sugar iclings, spiciness with heavy dose of white pepper, sweet honeyed fruit cake.
Finish: Medium length, lingering sweet fruit cake, honey, spices, rocks dust and white pepper
Thoughts: Just like I said on the 1st batch – it’s a rock solid whisky. But this time it feels more matured with stronger fruitiness which is a good advantange over that old batch. Still a damn good session dram enjoy when sitting down with friends.