Arran 1996 17 YO Cask #373 Cooper's Choice
Arran 1996 17 YO Cask #373 Cooper's Choice, 46 %
One of the oldest Arran expressions we have tested, at 17 years old this is an ancient one as far as Arran goes. The Arran Distillery was officially opened on August 17, 1995. The Arran 1996 17 YO Cask #373 Cooper's Choice is released by independent bottler The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. Ltd.
This whisky is a single cask release with a total outturn of 350 bottles. It has been matured in an unspecified hogshead cask.
The Arran 1996 17 YO Cask #373 Cooper's Choice will be released for sale in Norway on March 6, and the sales price will be NOK 1006.
Nose (22/25): Soft and very pronounced maltiness on the nose. Add citrus and my first impression is disclosed to the fullest. Vanilla, caramel and sprinkles of sawdust. Hints of oaky spiciness rounds this off nicely.
Taste (20/25): Soft, with spicy caramel and a slight bitter oakiness.
Finish (21/25): Warm, and quite long finish. Malt, fruit, nuts and oak. Not very sweet, but oily and full-bodied.
Balance (21/25): A malty dram to keep you company on cold winter nights, in front of an open fireplace, while waiting for summer.
Sláinte! - Thomas