Tasting note: Arran 2000 SMWS 121.101 (17-year-old, “Honey & vanilla roasted rhubarb”)

Tasting note:
Arran 2000 SMWS 121.101 Honey & vanilla roasted rhubarb

Colour: Amber

Nose: Makes a pretty sweet entrance with vanilla, honey and bananas leading the way. This is accompanied by a slight spiciness and sourness that’s well-described by the “rhubarb” reference in the whisky’s name. Water adds ginger into the mix. The banana is more prominent now.

Taste: Bitter-sweet grapefruits and sour rhubarb, not much else so far to be honest. Let’s add water… There’s a bit of vanilla, caramel and dry oak now. Still mostly bitter and sour though.

Finish: Medium in length, dominated by bitter citrus fruits… bitter lemon?

Comments: Slightly off-balance whisky from the “Spicy & dry” category at SMWS. Certainly not a bad whisky, although it could have benefited from sweeter notes as a counterweight to its sharpness on the palate.

Rating: I rated this whisky 81 out of 100.
(Nose 21, Taste 21, Finish 20, Balance 19)

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