Arran Devil’s Punch Bowl

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Something so dark coming from somewhere so idyllic

The Devil is a charmer

I couldn’t resist the hypnotic charms of the new Arran “Devils punchbowl”. It is named after an area of Arran. Limited to 6660 bottles, it is a vatting of 24 casks distilled between 1996 & 2006. A demonic concoction of ex sherry, ex bourbon and peated whisky. The devil is in the detail, and as a whisky geek, I really appreciate the details that Arran have inscribed on the box. A full cask listing is very interesting to whisky obsessives like me.

The packaging, bottle and name are fantastic, which shows that the devil is the master of persuasion and charm

To quote Mark Twain: “We may not pay Satan reverence, for that would be indiscreet, but we can at least respect his talents.”

So let’s taste this devilish creation, and see if we respect Arran’s talents.

Arran Devil’s Punchbowl
Vatting of 24 Casks distilled between 1996-2006
Ex Bourbon, Ex Sherry & small amounts of peated whisky
I bought a bottle at Whiski Rooms and Whisky Exchange (I fancied 2 bottles). If sold out, you may have to keep searching

Nose: Dried fruit, pears, apple and pine cone schnapps. Zesty, hints of ginger and aromatic. An intriguing, complex nose. I wasn’t sure with my first dram, but after another dram, I was convinced.

Palate: An explosion. The devil has struck with apricot, peaches, pink lady apples, zest and all sorts of other fruitiness. There may be a slight peat, but that could almost be char from the casks. A bitterness, almost like a hoppiness.

Finish: Sweet and BBQ saucy. Lovely stuff

Sitting afterwards, we wondered about the name, as the packaging suggests big and peaty, but to go back to my initial point, the devil is a charmer, and this drams fruitiness has a charming and beguiling nature, with a tiny dash of the smoke/fire you may expect. After dram one, you will go back again and again, until it is consumed.

Hoban

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