Review: Arran – The Green Welly Stop 50th Anniversary Release 2
Category: Island single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Arran Distillery
Bottling: The Green Welly Stop; 50th anniversary #2
What they say:
2015 marks The Green Welly Stop at 50 Years of Age.
Back in 1965 this little business was started. When purchased, it included a 6 bedroom house, post office and shop, two traveling vans (with two resident mice – free of charge), petrol pumps and a coal business. In the earlier views of the business you can see the little shed to the right of the petrol pumps -this was the ‘Shell Shop’ where you paid for your fuel.
A lot has happened since, name change, additions, more additions, car park, motorbikes and even more!
So without further ado – the chosen cask, to follow up on the GlenDronach 2003, it had to be a beauty, we had been looking at a few options, and trying to arrange the price around the same marker was proving more and more difficult.
We took the decision to have a taster of Arran whisky.
I could nose this whisky all day and night.
Butter popcorn (butterkist) coupling with heather and fudge.
Palate – we had such a complex spicy/pepperiness, french apple tart, toffee dessert, rich and smooth.
Distilled 20th September 2004 – Bottled 4th June 2015
Bottles available – only 287.
CASK INFORMATION: EX OLOROSO SHERRY CASK – CASK NO: #17
What I say:
Another 50th celebration cask from The Green Welly Stop – and frankly why not!? Their last was a belter – not hard as it was much sherried and from Glendronach, this time equally as sherried but from the little Isle of Arran distillery.
Copper amber gold (12/20), quick loose tears with chunky legs
Spiced & marinated, honey glazed ham, fruity chutney, heather honey, floral, icing sugar, sweet, figgy, red fruits, plum, strawberry, blackcurrant, apple, herbal; coriander, clove, mace, spicy & tannic oak wood
Like strawberries & cream, vanilla, apple; juicy & tart fruit, brown bread toast with plenty of orange and ginger marmalade, sweet honey, woody sugars and more tannins & leather, figs and dates, cinnamon, fennel/coriander, blood orange zest, toffee and caramel
Long, spiced toffee, zesty and tart fruits, toasted oak wood
Wondefull, a mealy dram, spicy and tart, tannic and oaky, deeply fruity with sherry influence – nothing wrong here!
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