This is the first release in The Smugglers' Series, a trilogy of three limited edition Arran Malts which are a nod to the rich history of illicit distillation on the Isle of Arran in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Smugglers’ Series Vol. I ‘The Illicit Stills’ pays homage to whisky produced on the island in days gone by with an Arran dram of robust body and a heavier peat influence. The presence of the heavily peated Arran is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of older Bourbon barrels, including Arran’s classic un-peated Arran Malt in combination with Arran whisky from medium & heavily-peated malt and heavily peated Arran Malt at 50ppm and Arran Malt fully matured in Port Pipes.
It is bottled at a natural cask strength of 56.4% abv...it is non-chill filtered with no artificial coloring.
This is an extremely limited edition, with only 8,700 bottles released worldwide.
Color: Rusting iron barrel chime rings
Nose: Subtle peat reek rising from a distant fire hints at a robust character to come. Floral notes bring elegance, sweetness is shown in the form of fresh madeira cake with a maritime oiliness promising rich mouthfeel.
Palate: Juicy plums, spiced with white pepper. Wood smoke of freshly sawn pine. The palate develops with gripping tannin as white grapes begin to show. Pink wafer biscuits and a blast of spicy ginger appear before the finish.
Finish: The flavour of dried apricots fades before salty, maritime notes take over - the dying embers of smugglers’ signal fires on windswept beaches. An Arran dram of true unbridled character, reminiscent of the illicit makes which gave rise to the illustrious reputation of “the Arran water”.