Review 323: Arran 17 Year “The Dark Lord”
This “The Dark Lord” is a part of a set of two Private Cask bottles from Arran for the Dutch market. The other one is called “The White Wizard”, but you can read about that one in our previous 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 Dark Lord is a 17 year old whisky that was matured in a sherry hogshead and is bottled at 53,2% and of course there is no chill filtration or colouring. The turnout of this cask is 229 bottles.
On to the good part: sniffing and tasting.
|Region:||Isle of Arran|
|Owner:||Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd|
|Water Source:||Loch na Davie|
|Stills:||1 wash still|
1 spirit still
|Capacity:||750.000 Liter per year|
|Expression:||Arran 17 Year “The Dark Lord”|
|Bottled by:||The Arran Distillery - Private Cask Collection|
|ABV (% Alc):||53,2%|
|Phenols (smoke):||0 ppm (on barley)|
|Bottle number:||27 of 229 bottles|
|Price (NL):||Sold out|
A rich, intensive, full, well balanced and complex whisky with aroma’s of rich sherry, appel, figs, dates, grass, hay, vanilla, caramel, toffee, coffee, demerara sugar, floral tones (rose peddles?), cherries, plums, apricots, sultanas, Muscat grapes, cocoa, ginger, pepper, allspice, cinnamon, wax, creamy oak, dark honey and beeswax.
a full, intensive, rich, well balanced and complex whisky with aroma’s of dried fruits (figs, dates, prunes, apricot), lush sherry, honey, peach, leather, wax, coffee, old books, soft sulfur, grass, straw, earthy tones, subtle mineral tones, Sauternes wine, toffee, vanilla, pepper, allspice, clove, cinnamon, stem ginger, bitter caramel, soft tannins and subtle spicy oak.
A long and rich finish with aroma’s of oak, wax, caramel, biscuits, peach, dried fruits, soft sherry, butter, subtle pepper and christmas cake.
- Smell: - 9.3/109.3/10
- Taste: - 9.4/109.4/10
- Finish: - 9.2/109.2/10
A very lush and engaging dram that certainly can keep me a happy camper for quite some time! The layering on the nose as well as on the palate is great. It’s a full-bodied whisky with good complexity but not overdone.
A very solid dram!