There is no better way to enjoy your weekend and beat the cold than by going out and enjoying a nice dram. That is exactly what we did this past Saturday. You might already know this about me, but Citizens Public House and Oyster Bar is one of the places in the greater Boston area that I love to go to for a dram. If any of you live in the area then I am certain you would have heard of it. Citizens not only has a great whisky list but they also have a whisky club which I just happen to join this very weekend.
The first whisky I enjoyed from their club was the Arran Malt Sauternes Cask Finish. This Arran Malt is from the Isle of Arran which is one of Scotland’s southerly islands. The Arran distillery is the only distillery in the island and first opened its doors in 1995. They first released a cask after 3 years of maturation in 1998 and then released their first 10 year in 2005.
Although they have not been in business for as long as many of the other distilleries, they have certainly built up their single malt range since first opening. In their range you will find a 10 year-old, 12 year-old, 14 year-old a 16 year-old and an array of others to include the Arran Malt Sauternes Cask Finish which I enjoyed on Saturday.
I was very pleasantly surprised with this whisky because it was after I enjoyed it that I realized they have only been in business for about 19 years. They don’t have the decades upon decades of being opened, but you can’t tell in the taste of this Arran Malt. This single malt is first matured in oak casks for about 8 years. It is then finished in Sauternes wine casks and matured here till it has reached a perfect balance.
Nose: Fruity and sweet
Palate: It was silky, smooth with a slight delightful burn. I got notes of vanilla and hints of spice.
I would recommend trying it and if you are looking at what it would cost to purchase the price is around $65-$79.
This single malt is well balanced and tastes great. It’s got the right amount of sweet and spicy. The silkiness of the whisky made it that much more enjoyable. Upon tasting you would certainly think this distillery has had many decades of distilling.
Now if you are from the area and are interested in learning more about the club here a little more info.
Citizens Whisky Club
How it works; you get a card with a list of all their 100+ whiskies. Every time you go in and have a dram of a whisky listed in the card you get that whisky stamped off. Once you have all the whiskies in the card stamped off one of the things you’ll receive is one of their hand selected single barrel whiskies. If you want to read more about what you’ll get and learn the rules here is the link: http://www.citizenpub.com/whiskey-specials/
To me it’s a fun way to try and explore new whiskies I have not tried before. I would love to hear from you if you’ve tried this whisky or if you too are a part of the Citizen’s Whisky Club.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.