Arran's Quarter Cask expression is a complex, rich and intensely fruity Single Malt, a true cask strength delight!
The Arran Single Malt selected for this cask strength expression was initially matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels before being transferred for secondary maturation into smaller Quarter casks also made of the finest American oak. The process of transferring our whisky into the smaller 125 litre sized casks produces far greater contact between the whisky and oak and results in a faster, more intense maturation.
The end result is a full-bodied expression of Arran Single Malt combining power and finesse full of rich vanilla sweetness and bold peppery spice. Bottling at natural Cask Strength without chill-filtration or artificial colouring of any sort presents this whisky in its purest form. Small casks would have been a common feature of the Arran whisky trade in the eighteenth & nineteenth centuries as they were easier to handle and transport around the island. With our much-loved Quarter Cask expression we proudly bring this tradition back to life.
‘bothy / a small cottage or dwelling particularly common to the Scottish highlands and islands’. The name ‘The Bothy’ was chosen to remember some of the illicit distilleries which in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries who were producing whisky in bothies. Quarter casks or small casks were used as these were easier to transport around the island and also to hide.
Nose: Signature citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit, honeycomb sweetness with dark chocolate and waxy peels. Bold oak spices balance the nose extremely well.
Palate: Tropical fruit notes pf pineapple, melon and coconut, orchard fruits of apricots and freshly cut apples, creamy vanilla combines with dark chocolate notes.
Finish: Mouthwatering citrus, black pepper, red chilli and Christmas cake spices.
Isle of Arran, Scotland 700ml 56.2% ABV