What? Whisky? This site is all about audio isn't it? Well, as whisky and freedom gang together so do whisky and music. Infact, whisky, music and freedom are often inseparable. It's not a coincidence that craft presentation of whisky and audio (and so much else) produces the best results; less money spent on marketing, packaging and everything else that doesn't contribute directly to the quality of the product.
For the inaugural whisky of the week we certainly have a cracker! This luscious Arran is the product of a young distillery that has really come of age. Founded in 1993, Arran have rarely put a paw wrong. Independant cask strength bottlings are the Arrans to look for but this Ten is delicious. Bottled at a decent 46% ABV (higher ABV=more flavour) and selling at a very reasonable $85 at Vintage Direct in Melbourne it's great value for such well made whisky. Natural colour. Not chill filtered. While we are here, I don't like the term "un-chillfiltered". Was it chill filtered and then all the chewy gunk put back in? No, it was never chill filtered in the first place. Sorry, I don't stick to accepted jargon if it doesn't make sense. Like "CD Transport". Where is it going? It's a disc drive. I digress....
A big,fresh, citrus/barley/floral nose. On the palate it arrives with a fresh green apple and pear explosion. A hint of banana. Creamy, soft, slightly sweet, a fresh fruit salad followed by a little citrus sourness that recedes with time and a little water. Beautiful balance. Finishes with a slight dryness and lingering green tea/lemon. Delicious. 90/100