Whiskyreview #26 Arran ‘Orkney Bere’ 46%

This expression from the Arran distillery is an 8arrob_2004 year old one, produced from Bere barley alone from Orkney as a collaboration with the agronomy institute of Orkney college. People discuss whether or not this barley is as good as, or even better than, Golden Promise barley. I don’t know how much of an effect the actual variety of barley has to say for the finished result of a malt whisky, but I do know I’ve had very good experiences with whiskies made from Golden Promise, like some bottlings from Bruichladdich. Anyway, let’s see what this one’s like.

Distilled in 2004, bottled in 2012. 5800 bottles.

Nose: Very ligth and fresh floral notes. Green apples, fructose and lemon. With water: hints of wheat buns.. a bit bready. Mild honey coming through, some overripe bananas, lemon balm and sweet wood. Reminds me of the taste of willowflutes you play as a kid. Very pleasant.

Palate: very apple juicey/cidery. Refreshing cantaloupe note, very ligth and palatable but with a lot of flavour. More fruit with water, hint of pineapple. Mouthwatering stuff, very wet. Peaches and cream. Finish turns more bitter but still very sweet.

Very nice and enjoyable indeed, with lots of light and fruity notes, especially on the palate. Gonna be a good score:

91/100 points

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