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Arran, The Devil´s Punch Bowl – Chapter I, 52.3%

ByThe Whisky Viking

Sep 1, 2022

Review #688 (2018)

This is Chapter I in the series and it consists of 24 casks of whisky distilled between 1996 and 2006. 3 Sherry butts from, 6 Bourbon barrels from 1996, 2 Sherry butts 1997, 8 Sherry hogsheads from 1998 and 5 peated Bourbon barrels from 2006. 6660 bottles were made. Light Sherry influence and crisp green apples in the smell. A little vanilla, honey and oak as well. A little grass or hay notes in the end.

The dried fruits gets more dominant in the taste. Some oak, caramel and just a bit of floral notes. Wow – a little peat builds up and comes forward in the finish. The white fruits comes a little more forward as well and mixes with the dates and sweet raisins.

This is constructed very well! A little bit of everything, and the flavours just compliments each other! Give this time – it changes so much over time, which just adds to the complexity! The only ‘bad’ thing I can say about this, is that the floral notes comes a little much too forward (for my taste) over time or with water! I will give this 86/100 (21/21/22/22).

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