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Type – Single Malt
Age – 10 Years
Location – Arran
Casks – ex-Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Price – £33.90
Smokiness – 0/5
Fruitiness – 3.5/5
Oakiness – 3/5
Spiciness – 2/5
Boldness – 3.5/5
We went through two bottles of this before we finally put pen to paper, that’s how moreish this single malt is. The Arran 10 is quite a full bodied scotch, despite being on the lower end age-wise of whiskies. It’s a perfect whisky to get anyone started on whiskies, in fact we’ve recommended this to several Irish whiskey enthusiasts and they’re now converted to the ways of scotch.
What you will first notice with this whisky is that the nose is like finding a freshly baked lemon or orange cake and all you want to do is dive in. Sticking with the cake analogy, that moment when you add the vanilla extract while mixing the batter and the aromas hit you is also there. It’s like pudding in a glass before you start.
The first sip then takes you by surprise. There’s quite a spice or peppery-ness that hits you but this is a nice contrast. The spice element might be a factor of less time maturing in the barrel compared to other whiskies but again younger does not always mean poorer as we’ve highlighted in a few reviews.
There’s still a zesty-ness the further you taste the Arran 10. You get a bit of caramel and vanilla which may be a reflection of the oak barrels presumably used. It doesn’t say on their website which barrels they use but our assumption would be maybe a combination of ex-bourbon and perhaps ex-Sherry as you definitely pick up that sweetness in the nose and taste.
The finish retains some of the spice and you’re also left with vanilla and oak from the barrel. It stays with you as well which all adds to the experience as some single malts die out too quickly, this is not one of them
Overall, it’s easy to recommend the Arran 10. At the price its usually sold at, it’s fantastic value compared to other whiskies. If you’re a seasoned scotch drinker, this one is full of flavour and an easy drinker, for those getting into single malts this is a perfect starting point.
This is full bodied but highly enjoyable as it is. We’d lean towards not adding water to this one but if you do, a tiny drop is all you need.
Pop, Accoustic, Rock
The Arran 10 is a happy and cheerful single malt and what band could possibly match that? Well believe it or not we’re choosing Hanson. You might jump to thinking ‘is that the band that did MMMBop and nothing else?’ However, this band have gone on to write many albums and as their experience grew, so did their song writing skills.
One album we think is a good pairing is ‘This Time Around’. It’s full of funky upbeat tunes including ‘If Only’ and ‘This Time Around’ but it’s also got some fromage on there which will probably still bring a smile to your face. It’s an album that is a crowd pleaser, much like the Arran 10 is in the whisky world, that why we think this is a good match.