This May is all about the BOMB! The first of our two sherry bombs comes from the Isle of Arran – and named the same – the Arran Sherry Cask The Bodega.
The brand new, Cask Strength, Arran Sherry Cask ‘The Bodega’. This cracker of a whisky is matured in finest casks available to the whisky industry – first fill sherry hogsheads sourced from the finest Bodegas in Spain. No artificial colouring, non-chill filtered and bottled at soul rocking Cask Strength of 55.8% ABV – this is a big, luscious sherry bomb in anyone’s language!
Every drop of Arran Single Malt starts its life as rainwater which pools at Loch na Davie in the beautiful hill high above the Distillery. The clear water cascades down the hillside, through six unassuming waterfalls, each one purifying the water further to create a clean, sweet dram which is entirely natural and unadulterated.
Arran is a truly independent distillery owned by a small group of shareholders rather than a faceless corporation which is all too rare these days, so worth supporting, especially when they produce such lovely whiskies.
From the colour, to the huge succulent fruitiness, ‘The Bodega’ will impress from the moment you pull it out of your whisky cabinet, and will leave any guest hoping you won’t stop at one round!
‘The Bodega’ is a rich and thick and creamy dram with plenty of oomph!, and certainly not lacking in the ‘whammo!’ department, either! The first fill sherry -hogsheads have done their job in spades on this whisky!
Colour: Dark, brownish gold
Nose: Very rich and enticing. Some spice, but warm rich caramelised fruits are the order of the day here.
Palate: A thick and luxurious mouthfeel with a delightful mild spicyness. Then fruit comes in waves over the spice – definitely cherries, but I also get a red-skin lolly type flavour as well in there.
Finish: Lovely. Just lovely. Sweet, chewy, chocolatey and warming. Very satisfying. You MUST have another!