The Arran Marsala Cask Finish: excellent cask selection and a high ABV has resulted in a complex and robust single malt with a bit of a kick.
The Arran Marsala Cask Finish is a no age statement single malt matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished in ex-Marsala wine casks from Sicily. This expression is non-chill filtered and bottled at 50% ABV with no artificial colouring added. The average price of this bottle is around $60.
On the nose: strong vanilla and caramel notes, orange peel, ginger bread, pears, sweet coffee and roasted almonds. A very fine and complex nose.
On the palate: The higher ABV is showing on the palate. This is a spicy one! There's ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Almonds. Bitter orange. Espresso and grapefruit.
Finish: Medium-long with ginger and berries.
Overall: Sweet, creamy and strong. The Arran has used very high quality casks for this expression and it has really paid off. We liked it very much.