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The Arran Malt 14 year old

These tasting notes were written on a BA Airbus en route to Doha, Qatar.  I had a mini 50 ml bottle of this in my bag (I usually carry a few samples on business trips as a treat when I get to hotel rooms and writing tasting notes gives me something to do when on the road) when realised I was going to land in Qatar and was not at all certain how they would feel about me bringing whisky into their Muslim country.  Not wishing to caught and be labelled as the World's Most Pathetic Smuggler of Whisky I decided to drink it on the plane and thought at least it would be an interesting experiment  (OK... an experiment) to test my palate in those conditions ie at 30,000 ft plus.  Perhaps because of the dry air my nose seem most affected, I got indications of classic Scotch notes (oak, malt, vanilla, dried fruit) but could not latch onto anything in particular. I tried but ended up writing "scotch" for the nose.  The taste was little better defined, malty and sweet at first, then some fresh fruit jiuce (but I couldn't decide which.. apple maybe?) and maybe milk chocolate.  The finish was oaky but not too spicy, some more of the milk chocolate and even a little minty freshness at the end.   Overall a little on sweet side, needed something in the finish to help with balance, but enjoyable even at 30,000 ft.

Additional Info

  • Country of Origin: Scotland
  • Type: Single Malt
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No
  • In '101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die': Nope

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