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Arran Amarone Cask Finish 50% (OB)


Arran Amarone Cask Finish 50%

TLDR;

Young, berry jams, sweet and strong oak presence


Nice scale; 81/100



Part of the Arran NAS cask finish series, Amarone is an Italian red wine from the Valpolicella region. Such wines are labelled with 'DOCG', the highest-class quality wine in Italy. The grapes used for Amarone wine are mainly Corvina and Rondinella.


So for this bottle, Arran used these casks to finish up the maturation and bottling at an ABV of 50%.


Arran Amarone Cask Finish 50%

Nose: Strawberry and light sweet fruits- reminds me a bit of lychee. The classic Arran nose is still there, but it got shadowed by the strong wine cask presence. TBH, I have tried it again ever since I opened it, and the fiery wine cask is still there, covering much of the aromas.


Mouth: Liquid is more approachable than the nose but still strong oak presence. Round, berry jams, sweet with some citrus. Creaminess and woody spice.


Finish: Sweet, numbness remains.


Still young, but a good concept and exploration between whisky and wine casks. It still seems that Arran failed to present the best or one of the best possibilities for the combination of scotch water ageing in Italian wine casks.


Young fiery liquid scares away the faint-hearted.


*I didn't drip any water into the whisky I drink, but I do allow it to sit and breathe. So there might be limitations to the flavours I have experienced.


Nice scale; 81/100

Arran Amarone Cask Finish 50%


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