We we happy to receive a wee dram of the newly released Robert Burns Single Malt from Arran Distillery which adds to their range of Robert Burns inspired products. Robert Burns; national icon of Scotland, poet and whisky fan.
This dram is a blend of single malts produced in the Isle of Arran Lochranza Distillery, coming mainly from American Oak ex-Bourbon casks, which bring a sweet and fruity nature. Malt matured in ex-Sherry hogsheads is also used and brings added richness and depth. It has been bottled at 43% abv with no added colouring.
On nosing I am initially taken by the sweet fragrance to the olde worlde sweet shop surrounded by sweetie jars. I can imagine popping into the preverbial paper bag of this dram some strawberry laces and soft foamy banana sweets, the sweet and sticky aromas mouthwatering as they mix together!
The colour is golden sunlight and in another whiff, I’m transported into the countryside on a sunny Autumn afternoon. The air is crisp and still, and a family are picking blackberries amongst the hedgerows. There are grassy notes and then some other lovely fruity aromas join in, apricots and sweet crisp apples.
The nose is youthful and zingy, fresh and fruity with a generous helping of vanilla too!
The palate stays light and fresh with an initial hit of briny saltiness. There are some earthy cereal and nutty notes, wafts of fresh and fruity blackberry and apple. It is beautifully smooth, the palate reminiscent of Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut Chocolate. There’s just a touch of vanilla, although not as much as the nose might suggest. Now some citric hits, sweet lemon cheesecake, and then a final bitter lemon bite.
This dram dissolves into a gentle briny finish. The delicate bitter lemon notes hang on to the end. In the throes there is spice and a last lingering nuttiness.
This is a lovely dram, a delight to drink on a day like today. As I write the Autumn sun is casting long shadows across the garden, illuminating the last of the summer blooms in radiant light. The air is crisp and a gentle breeze is swaying the uncut grass. I don’t dwell on the garden jobs quietly judging me, Robert Burns and I are chilling.
The Robert Burns Single Malt is available from the Arran Distillery online shop for £28.99 and elsewhere on the web.