Single Malt Aficionados Club
ABOUT OUR SINGLE MALT SCOTCH CLUBS
Members of our buyers' club share an enthusiasm for the malt elixir in the most practical way, by saving time and money. No initiation or fees of any sort are charged. We simply ask that you undertake to remain in the club for the period of one year. As a club member you will receive a carefully selected, often unique bottling, complete with background information, shipped directly to your home or office every other month. The Single Malt Aficionados' Club is dedicated to seeking out and enjoying the rarest and most classic of truly aged malts, has a limit of $119.99, per shipment on the cost for the bottle itself.(Does not include tax and or shipping) That's it. No strings just pure enjoyment.
In August 2014 our members received:
A young one joins the club! For this month’s offering we bring you The Arran 16 year old Sherry Finish Single Malt. The youth of the spirit itself is not what we are concerning ourselves with but rather the youth of the distillery making it. The Arran Distillers was started by Harold Currie as a retirement project after a career with Chivas Brothers. Arran began its distillation in August 1995. Those of you who have been enjoying whiskey from us for some time may recall a bottle that was sent out in January of 2000. It was a bottle of Single Malt, no age statement, from a new distillery that had just started importing into the US. Even back then we were fond of the Malts coming from the Isle of Arran, and now almost a decade and a half later, we are sending you a delightful dram from this little distillery on the Isle of Arran. When we say little, we do mean small; worldwide from accountants to stillmen, master distiller to tour guides, the people that produce and sell Arran number to 22 individuals.
The Isle of Arran has been called “Scotland in Miniature,” being just 20 miles long and 10 miles wide. At one time the island had 30 illicit distilleries, operating out of reach and sight of the “excisemen”. Most of these distilleries were in the south, but Arran was built in the north region, Lochranza. The last legally operating distillery ‘Lagg,’ shut its doors in 1837, leaving a significant gap in whisky production on Arran. While there may have been a gap of production on the island itself, Arran is quite close to some of the more storied names in Scotch Whisky. It is less than 20 miles as the eagle flies from Springbank, and around 30 miles from Lagavulin and Laphroig on Islay. In fact, the current master distiller, James MacTaggart, lives on Islay and commutes by ferry to Arran on a weekly basis. This is a commute he has been doing for seven years after stepping into the role after the original master distiller, Gordon Mitchell, retired.
This month’s offering was aged in a Sherry Butt cask. The nose shows tropical fruit, lychee, dulce de leche and candied fruits. The palate is bright, forward and quite elegant, showing more tropical fruit flavors and a sweet high-toned finish.