A 16 years old single Sherry cask of Arran… Max Righi and his Silver Seal couldn’t resist, and they bottled it a few months ago. Collectors, keep an eye on this: the first bottles have an error on the label (there’s the wrong type of cask) that will make it the “Pink Gronchi” of indie Arrans, who knows… Silver Seal bottled two sherried Arrans, this 16 yo and a 20 yo, that we’ll taste in the next days.
N: alcohol is here, but we’d be surprised if it wasn’t so, it’s almost 60%… Very warm and coating,
juicy and full: if the descriptors are between warm wood and caramel, vanilla (custard?), what hits us the most is the fruit, ripe, mature and seductive – blackberries and raspberries, strawberries, oranges, tinned peaches. Ginger, with a tropical twist too. Warm wood grown with time, together with nuts. Water doesn’t change the profile, but it tends to open the sweeter side, with the fruitiness that stays upfront but with less responsibilities.
P: fasten your seat belts, because intensity is devastating here: a literal explosion of alcohol and taste, and it’s quite different from the nose. We start from fruit pastry (maybe… a kiwi pastry with custard?, one of us asks with some embarassement) to toffee, from sponge cake to a buttery malt, brioches, with full tropical notes (banana, kiwi mostly). Wood and dried fruit. Water makes it easier to drink, and at the same time it defends the sweet, sponge-y note.
F: again oranges and juicy fruit, Sponge cake. Long and intense.
The nose was of a top player, the palate seems a bit defective in comparison, and because of this we’ll stop at 88/100. Sherried Arrans are usually very good, and this makes no exception. A few years ago we used to say “let’s see how this Arran grows up”: now that we’re seeing it, well, it’s growing quite well. Thanks Max for the sample!
Recommended soundtrack: Avion Travel – Sentimento.