The Arran Ambassador's Dram 11 Year Old - Moscatel Cask - Release 3 - Single Malt Scotch Whisky #Cask 08/278.
In 2016 Robin Russell was proudly selected as the first UK retailer to become an Arran Malt Ambassador. This special accolade recognises his great support and efforts over the past 24 years in promoting The Arran Malt brand on both a personal and professional level. Robin has specially chosen this single Portuguese Moscatel fully matured cask which is the third in a series of unique Arran “Ambassador’s Dram” bottlings.
The Arran Ambassador's Dram Release 3 was distilled on 17-05-08 and bottled 07-11-19.
A Portuguese Moscatel Matured 11 year old non chill-filtered single malt bottled at 62.1% alc./vol. and deeming only 273 individually numbered bottles.
Having spent 11 years fully maturing in a Portuguese Moscatel de Setubal Cask this malt displays flavours of apricot, sultanas, toffee and walnuts. Bottled at a punchy natural cask strength of 62.1% alc./vol, we would recommend a pipette of water to open the flavours fully.
This cracking cask was chosen by Robin on 29th September 2018 after a distillery visit and tasting session with James MacTaggart.
After drawing samples from six very unique and unusual cask styles this one was chosen as the favourite.
Tasting Notes by Robin
Colour: Dark Chestnut.
Nose: Apple Strudel with cinnamon custard, golden syrup, nutmeg and decadent milk chocolate.
Palate: Rich and creamy with spicy macerated fruit, nougat, honey, stewed apricot tarte tatin and a dusting of light mocaccino.
Finish: Long smooth and very moreish.
This cracking Dram reminds me of long summer days in Lisbon, home city to this fabulous fortified wine.