the reason i ask is ive never seen the robert burns bottling in this packaging before, its the tall normal robert burns bottle.
arran is not sothing i tend to collect, its just that i havent seen it beofre so was hopeing someone could shed some light on it.
July 11, 2004
Arran NAS ‘Robert Burns’ (40%, OB) A special release, paying tribute to Robert Burns, who’s birthplace isn’t very far from Arran, although on the mainland. Colour: white wine. Nose: very spirity (pear drops), with some ‘caramelised’ peat. A little grainy, getting even grassy. Mouth: pear eau de vie. Quite fruity! Some woody notes but not too many. Quite nutty. Rather long finish, getting peppery. A good, clean and simple whisky. 78 points (Davin 74, Olivier 74).
it seems to be the first limited release after Arran secured permission from the Robert Burns Federation to use the name of the bard.
The connection with Arran is that Burns was working his fathers fields on the mainland and probably now and than looked over the waters towards Arran.
What is in that bottle must be young as Arran opened in 1995 and the limited edition was bottled in 2001 already and nobody says that that malt was distilled in the first year of production.
Marketing, marketing. But if you want to buy one of those, some retailers here in Germany still stock it but at the moment they are reluctant to ship spirits abroad.
The Arran Robert Burns bottling is sold at Vintages/LCBO. It is one of the regular stocked items. I double checked the packaging last night when I was there. It is sold in the cardboard box. I have not seen it sold in the wooden box with a certificate that you have described. (I know this message is not particularly informative, more of "neighbourhood FYI' memo.)
I have also not had a lot of tasting experience with Arran whisky. I was very pleased to participate in an Arran Masterclass at the VWF in which we sampled: Arran 10 yo, Arran 100% & Arran Calvados Finish. A few years ago, I did sample the Robert Burns bottling at a Toronto Whisky Festival and at a private tasting. With your vast collection, I think there may be a bottling or two that you would oneday like to add. I was very pleased with what I tasted at the masterclass. The Arran 100%, in particular, stands out.
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