The Arran Quarter Cask “The Bothy” Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Arran’s The Bothy single malt has joined the Island distillery’s permanent range! Matured initially in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, this expression is finished for two years in quarter casks, which are much smaller than your average run-of-the-mill cask. Finally, it’s bottled at a generous 56.2% ABV.
Arran’s The Bothy was aged initially in first-fill bourbon barrels before being finished for 18 months in American oak quarter casks. Bottled at natural cask strength, this limited edition is sweet and spicy with notes of tropical fruit.
The Arran Single Malt selected for this cask strength expression was initially matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels for 7 years before being transferred for secondary maturation into smaller Quarter casks also made of the finest American oak for a further 2 years. The process of transferring our whisky into the smaller 125 litre sized casks for their final 2 years of maturation produces far greater contact between the whisky & oak and a faster, more intense maturation.
The end result is a full-bodied expression of Arran Single Malt combining power and finesse full of rich vanilla sweetness and bold peppery spice. Bottling at natural Cask Strength without chill-filtration or artificial colouring of any sort presents this whisky in its purest form. Small casks would have been a common feature of the Arran whisky trade in the eighteenth & nineteenth centuries as they were easier to handle and transport around the island. With our much-loved Quarter Cask expression we proudly bring this tradition back to life.
Honeyed malt balanced by oaky spice and a whiff of bright citrus.
Coconut and almond, followed by apricot and pineapple. Black pepper and menthol.
Lingering cherry and cinnamon on the finish.