Blind Tasting Competition 11 – Arran, 9yo, 2002-2011, 61.3% – SMWS

This time I did fill in my guess for the day, and I was hoping to start catching up with a bit of points here and there. Unfortunately, today is not the day that that is happening. Maybe it never will, and I’m ready to start giving up on this year’s competition.

The thing that comforts me is that the person in the lead (Pano, to be exact) has 450 points. A lot more than I have, but still not even half of what was to be won. I guess it’s hard on everyone.

Arran 9yo. Amazing Waves of Sweetness.

Arran 9yo. Amazing Waves of Sweetness.

Sniff:
Smoke and cherries! But after that some all purpose cleaner as well. Strange. The smoke isn’t too profound, Quite some oak with some sherry sweetness. Well, after yesterday it can also be some ridiculous brandy cask of course. Pretty sharp actually, but with quite a bit of figs and plums, just like yesterday. Tricky.

Sip:
Sharp again, sharper than yesterday’s dram. Fresher, and more fruity than I expected, again with some candied orange, cherry juice again. It’s sharp nut not too sharp. Not too much oak, but a bit of a sawdust thing going on. Sweet and some sherry notes right behind that.

Swallow:
The finish is warming and not too sharp. A little burn in your throat but after that is mellows quickly. Not too long but a bit of a sweet and dusty quality. A spicy freshness too, but I can’t really pin it down.

This is a sherried dram, but not overly so like yesterday’s Deanston or a GlenDronach that I thought I was having yesterday. It’s pretty nice, but after tasting it and having another sip I cannot find the smokiness I sniffed out at first. This makes me unsure. I recently tried a Glengoyne that I thought was a tiny bit smoky too. I guess my nose is off. That explains everything!

Anyway, again, a whisky without a distillery character. I missed the typical lightness, the apples, anything that could have pointed me towards Arran. Even now there was a guy who scored the full 100 points.

I guessed a 17 year old Longmorn, since it could just as well have been. Although I like this more than the batches of Longmorns from The Ultimate I was referring to.

Arran, 9yo, 2002-2011, 61.3%, Amazing Waves of Sweetness – SMWS Australia

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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