Master of Distilling II, The Man With The Golden Glass, was bottled to celebrate the 12th anniversary of Arran's master distiller, James MacTaggart, This 12yo single malt was finished in ex-Palo Cortado sherry casks from Jerez, Spain. A total of 12,000 bottles were produced. Bottled at cask strength of 51.8%.
Nose: Bright and mouth-watering. Seville orange marmalade, peaches and mango freshness are followed by the warmth of root ginger and a waft of drying grass and gorse bushes.
Palate: Rich in chocolate orange, quince jelly and the zest of citrus fruits. The subtle tang of yeasty, buttered sourdough and a kick of rock salt come through as the Palo Cortado cask displays its influence.
Finish: Cider apples accentuate Arran house style before the warmth of ginger returns alongside a rich impression of these exceptional sherry casks.