Review 322: Arran 14 Year “The White Wizard”

arranwhitewizardThis “The White Wizard” is a part of a set of two Private Cask bottles from Arran for the Dutch market. The other one is called “The Dark Lord”, but you can read about that one in our next review. With some imagination the Harry Potter reverence is soon forgotten and the American white oak barrel and the Sherry cask can explain the names of these two drams.

The White Wizard is a 14 year old whisky that was matured in a ex-bourbon barrel and is bottled at hefty 56.7% and of course there is no chill filtration or colouring. The turnout of this cask is 210 bottles.

On to the good part: sniffing and tasting.

Distillery:Arran distillery
Region:Isle of Arran
Location:Lochranza
Owner:Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd
Founded:1995
Status:Active
Water Source:Loch na Davie
Stills:1 wash still
1 spirit still
Capacity:750.000 Liter per year

Expression:Arran 14 Year “The White Wizard”
Category:Single Malt
Bottled by:The Arran Distillery - Private Cask Collection
Age:14 year (almost 15)
ABV (% Alc):56,7%
Non-chill filtered:Yes
Natural colour:Yes
Phenols (smoke):0 ppm (on barley)
Distillation date:17-07-1999
Bottle date:03-07-2014
Vintage:1999
Maturation:Ex-Bourbon cask
Cask number:1999/022
Bottle number:48 of 210 bottles
Bottle content:70cl
Price (NL):Sold out

Colour:
Old gold.

Smell:
A fresh, vibrant, fruity, clean and well balanced whisky with aroma’s of blueberries, blackberries, redcurrant, cranberries, honey, red apples, pear drops, barley sugar, grains, floral tones (rose and honeysuckle), sweet ginger, lemon rind, marshmallows, banana, stewed pears, lemon curd, white wine, toffee and creamy vanilla.

Taste:
a mouth filling, powerful, fresh and balanced whisky with aroma’s of berries and lot’s of them (blueberries, blackberries, redcurrant, cranberries), banana, grains, cereals, pear, green appel, white pepper, muesli, creamy honey, maple syrup, greengage, soft solvent tone, vanilla, vanilla curd, caramel, ginger, preserved lemon and soft oak.

Finish:
A long and sweet finish with aroma’s of maple syrup, spice oak, honey, floral tones, redcurrant, brambles, glazing sugar and salted toffee.

Marks:
  • 9/10
    Smell: - 9.0/10
  • 8.8/10
    Taste: - 8.8/10
  • 9.1/10
    Finish: - 9.1/10
9/10

Conclusion:

This is a fruity fruit bomb, my god does this have a lot of berry flavors in it. Overall it’s a very balanced, fresh and lush dram that packs some power in it. I now understand the name chosen for the dram, it indeed is a White Wizard!
For me this would be the perfect hot summer night dram. Well selected cask and good quality spirit, well done!

What are your thoughts on the liquid in this bottle?