The High Seas: Arran annouces second edition of Smugglers Series

The whisky was matured in Bourbon and Rum casks

Arran Distillery has announced the release of its single malt “The High Seas”. This is the second limited edition of the Smugglers’ Series and it will join the Illicit Stills that we presented here in October last year.

Dedicated to the illicit distillers and smugglers

With this Smugglers’ Series the Isle of Arran Distillers take the period of illicit distillation and whisky smuggling in the 18th/19th century into the focus. Each edition relates to a special aspect of that historic time. The High Seas honors the exuberant people who managed to outwit the government’s representatives and evaded their access to the famous Arran Waters.

Smugglers’ Series Vol.2 The High Seas is a batch of different casks

For the Arran Smuggler Series The High Seas different casks have been married. On the one hand unpeated whisky from first fill ex-Bourbon casks was used, on the other hand peated whisky (50ppm) also was emerged. The special accent of this Smugglers’ The High Seas is probably the whisky that was matured in ex-Rum casks. It was fully matured in those Rum casks, not just finished as the official information we got tells us. This combination was chosen to get a complex, characterful and individual single malt whisky. It’s a limited edition of 8.700 bottles worldwide. The Arran The High Seas was bottled unchill-filtered and uncolored with an alcoholic strength of 55.4% ABV.

Official tasting notes of the Smugglers‘ Series Vol 2 The High Seas

NOSE: Citrus fruits are at the fore, mingling with smells evocative of the outdoors; a touch of seaweed hints at coastal character. Orchard fruits, white pepper, and a subtle dry note reminiscent of fino sherry make this a complex nose. A hint of burned pine wood is in the background.

PALATE: A fizzing mouthfeel with sherbet character. A fresh spearmint note appears and mingles with warm bramley apple pie and ice cream. There is tangy lime marmalade with chilli pepper heat and a whiff of smoke from a just-lit fi re of pine logs. The addition of water shows honey dew melon and pear drop sweets.

FINISH: Distillery character shines through; notes of apples, citrus and good body are elongated by a backbone of subtle smoke.

Credits picture: Isle of Arran Distillers Ltd