#432 • Arran the Devil's Punch Bowl Chapter III

Arran Devil's Punch Bowl 2

53.4% alc./vol.
Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Isle of Arran, Scotland

For today, we are looking at a special bottling of the distillery of the island ofArran, the Devil 's Punch Bowl Chapter 3.

As a conclusion to a trilogy of infernal inspiration, this edition is called The Fiendish Finale (the evil final). It is bottled cask strength and is composed of a large range of barrels, including 8 sherry butts, 8 French oak barrels and 5 bourbon barrels.

As the French novelist and essayist Paul Guth (1910-1997) said so well:

Imprudents even ditched their bra, forgetting that breasts also obey gravity.

Slightly rosy amber.

Grilled malt delicately smoked. Sherry spike with red fruits and grapes.

Vanilla, caramel and berries. Spices on fire of the cask strength. Beautiful sherry influence.

Long, spicy and warm on red and black licorice accents. Red fruits and leather smoke.

A good dram, especially at this level of alcohol. Devilishly good, but not divine.


#431 • Macallan 12 years old Double Cask

Macallan 12 Double Cask

40% alc./vol.
Macallan Distillery, Craigellachie, Speyside, Scotland

Their passage to No-Age Statement having encountered a lot of criticism from scotch lovers, we are witnessing a return to form for Macallan with a new expression, the 12 years old Double Cask.

It is a blend of American and Spanish oak barrels, both of which contained sherry. The proportion of American oak is slightly higher, but rest assured that everything has been carefully aged for at least 12 years.

As the famous Bavarian astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) said so well:

A child prodigy is a child whose parents have a lot of imagination.

Golden light enough reminding Macallan Gold.

Barley, malt, honey, vanilla and white flowers. The sherry influence is there, but much more discreet than in the other older bottlings of the distillery. Once rested, caramel, dried fruits and toffee are revealed.

Honey, vanilla and spicy sherry, though slightly shy. Pretty fresh but not young. Aging is well controlled. The wood and caramel arrive at the second sip.

Hot and spicy, it gives us a reasonable length. Notes of dry wood, sherry and vanilla. Cocoa tip.

The return of the prodigal son. Although the distillery finally returns with an age statement on the bottle, Macallan remains Macallan, so its price is fixed accordingly.