Douglas McGibbon Arran Tasting Notes

Posted: August 24, 2011 in Arran, Scotch Whisky A-G

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Arran 2000 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0947/ Dist: Feb 2000 Btl: Feb 2013/ Tasted: Feb 2013

The nose opens with plenty of baked fruit and malt. It’s a little edgy with a suggestion of peat. Lightly floral barley follows along with some lightly creamy oak. It takes awhile to open up but when it does there is a touch of tropical apricot. 

Lightly toffee’d  creamy oak shows first on the palate followed by a touch of malt, baked fruit and earth. A little short with a confected barley finish and a light spice florish.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Arran 1998 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0705/ Dist: Aug 1998 Btl: July 2011/ Tasted: July 2011

A strangely appealing nose, but then I do have a penchant for the weird and wonderful! – Linseed oil and dried fruit followed by perfumed citrus fruit and caramel oak. And yep it’s as odd as it sounds!

Full and malty on the palate, again with some dried fruit and Guyana-like oiliness. Yes, it has an almost rum-esque rancio. A rather intensely juicy middle with hints of liquorice, marzipan and clove, finishing with a dry, saline finish.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Arran 1997 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0748/ Dist Dec 1997 Btl: Jan 2012/ Tasted: Jan 2012

A slightly smoked and somewhat murky nose. A very un-fruityArran. The palate is much the same murky, cardboardy. Acerbic, biting alcohol and a burnt vanilla finish. Could almost be fromMull.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Arran 1996 (16 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV1003/ Dist: June 1996 Btl: May 2013/ Tasted: June 2013

A damp and straw-like nose, but there are hints of ripe tropical fruit. Pleasantly mature with a touch of barley, green apple, caramel and dusty spice. 

The palate is a little on the hard side with some burnt caramel. Lightly earthy with some barley and straw-like fruit. A bit short and hot but the barley and spices return.


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