Arran Quarter Cask The Bothy
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  • lemon zest
  • toasted
  • woody
  • apple
  • cinnamon
  • pineapple
  • almonds
  • biscuit
  • vanilla

Arran

Quarter Cask The Bothy (0.7l, 56.2%)
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Arran’s popular quarter-cask finished Single Malt is now a welcome and tasty part of the core range.

Harold Currie was a senior director of Chivas. He somehow got it in his head that he could do Whisky better. Harold was also a fan of the Isle of Arran — an island in the middle of the Firth of Clyde which had at one time been home to at least fifty illegal distilleries. So he saved his pennies, took on a few investors, and broke ground on his dream in 1994. But two golden eagles built a nest on site and construction had to be stopped until the chicks were fully fledged. Solid move, right? Today, they produce a tidy range of Single Malt offerings, limited editions, special blends, and a Scottish cream Liqueur.

Turns out good old Harold COULD do it better.

For years Arran’s "The Bothy" Single Malt has been available only as a series of special limited editions. But it has been so popular that it has been promoted to become part of the core range.

Back when the Isle of Arran was a bootlegger’s paradise, the Whisky was smuggled back to shore in small, quarter-sized casks. This was for purely practical purposes because the small rowboats would tip over with bigger barrels. Smaller casks are more expensive by volume, but deliver more flavor quicker. The Arran Quarter Cask The Bothy is a fine Single Malt aged a full seven years in ex-Bourbon casks, followed by two years of finishing in new, quarter-casks and bottled at 56.2% ABV with no colorings and no chill-filtration.

Smartass Corner:
A "bothy" is a local slang expression that refers to a small hut or home. The small quarter-casks used by smugglers picked up the nickname.

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Appearance / Color
Warm Gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The fragrance is warm and bright with a tang of Meyer lemon and plenty of toasted granola notes, cinnamon apples, and toasted wood.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor profile is really interesting with notes of grilled pineapple, Japanese almond cookies, Granny Smith apples, and vanilla flan.

Finish
The finish is both fresh and long with wood spice, coconut, and honey.

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  • lemon zest
  • toasted
  • woody
  • apple
  • cinnamon
  • pineapple
  • almonds
  • biscuit
  • vanilla
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
During construction, a rare Golden Eagle nested on the construction site. They halted construction until the eaglets had fully fledged, and were ready to move on.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
During construction, a rare Golden Eagle nested on the construction site. They halted construction until the eaglets had fully fledged, and were ready to move on.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
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