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.
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”