A Cause for Celebration: Robert Burns Malt (The Arran Malt)

Music: The rousing chorus of “Auld Lang Syne”

The Robert Burns Malt by Arran is a truly special malt in that it is good, reasonably complex whisky, for so little. So rare is it that a single malt whisky comes in under $50 here in Ontario that, when one does, it is cause for celebration. My bottle comes in at 43%, which I hear is a step up from the previous 40% bottling. I could imagine that would be way too light.

Nose: Light and citrusy. Oranges, limes and sweet malt. A bright malt for a summer’s day.

Palate: Malty, bright and citrusy, much like the nose, but with a little alcohol nip. Lightly herbacious and smoky. Kind of what the Tobermory 10 tried to be, but without tasting so young.

Finish: Medium in length. Cinnamon and sugar on toast. A tad sour.

Grade: B

Given that summer is on it’s way, I’d pick up a bottle of this if it’s still about here in Ontario. It may even be one of those whiskies that plays well with soda on a hot day.

“And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne”

An evening at Allen’s

A couple friends and I stopped by a local pub recently that is well known in Toronto for its Scotch collection. We decided on a collection of four of the cheapest, most obscure drams, and each passed them around. Here are some quick notes from that evening:

Tomintoul 10 (OB): Bland. Just… bland. C.

Glendower 15 Port Cask: Superb. Fresh honeycomb and nutmeg. Thick and wonderful. They had this as a single malt, though research tells me it’s a blend. In any case, I was fooled, and did enjoy it immensely. Shows you what a blind tasting can do. B+.

1989 Glen Grant 12yo (Cadenhead, I think): Herbacious. Kind of sweet and slightly sour. B.

1976 Imperial 24yo (Signatory): Bready… That hint of yeast and honey. Viscous and clearly well aged. B+.

Happy Victoria Day weekend, friends!