Whisky Review: SMWS 121.61 Arran “Pulled pork with chocolate mousse”

Style: Sherry and Spicy

Nose:
Juicy dried figs with sublime chocolate mousse (as the name has suggested) filling. Dark prunes with slight tartness. Ginger shreds and meaty notes swept under, blueberry jam beaming beautifully.

Palate:
Scintillating sherry notes with robust spice. Chocolate strawberry jam, honey figs, red fruits cake dominates the palate. The sweetness goes on with black currants, icing sugar and sided with a nice peppermint pinch. Malty notes slowly surface and the texture is exquisitely softly and oily.

Finish:
Cranberries, milk chocolate, sweet raisins with light spices flickering gently at the back.

Thoughts:
A very beautiful sherried Arran. Admirable complexity within the sherry – multi-layering of red fruits, sublime balance between sweetness and dryness and the great composure. Must-try dram for sherry fans who can take on cask strengths whiskies. I have the urge to give ☆☆ but maybe I will settle with an informal 1.5☆?

☆ [Recommended]

[61.1% • 2012 Bottled • 2002 Distilled • Independent Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • 639 Bottles • Aged 10 Years • Refill Sherry Butt Matured]

-Esmond