In a throwback to the days of yore, and remembering Arran's long tradition of whisky production, the distillery are bringing the cask by boat from Lochranza to Glasgow Quay. Then, in a scene that Barnard would not have blinked an eye at nor took a photo of on his Sony Cybershot, the cask will be transported to the bar by horse and cart, there to be cracked open for the assembled worshippers.
Horse and cart deliveries were the norm when Barnard visited Glasgow, transporting casks by boat and barge also common sights; organising a world launch via Facebook invites a mystery. I wonder how Barnard even organised some of his distillery visits, telephones still being thin on the ground in the 1880s.
Anyhow, back to the Barnard trail tomorrow, suitably refreshed after tonight I expect. I hope to provide an insite into new discoveries regarding the old Tambowie Distillery, plus a quiet journey across southern Renfrewshire. And then there's Whisky Fringe in Edinburgh to look forward to this weekend. Oh boy!
|James and Euan with the Arran 14|
Nose - the Arran notes are there, vanilla, some fruit, orangey, or more mandarin like, and banana or is it just a shadow of old wood mustiness there in the background, like you get in many 20-30 yo whiskies? Maybe.
Palate - spicy and salty to start, cinnamon and nutmeg, the mandarin is still there with a touch of mellon. Good round mouthfeel.
Finish - stays in the mouth a short while, nothing deeper though. The mellon grows to dominate later in the dram, holding off the sea spray.
Overall - I was too busy picking out flavours to remember to try it with water. That fruit stays around for a wee while along with the salty tang at the front of the mouth. Despite that early hint of mustiness there is also something, um, young about this dram. Some people maybe expecting a real big hit from this, given the progression of the Arran, but its maybe flattened out the curve a bit now. Arran are aiming for 10, 14 and 18yo as their core range in time, not sure the 14 will hold off the popularity of the 10 though. But I need to try it again at the weekend, with water this time (please remind me).