Arran Smugglers' Series Vol. 1 The Illicit Stills, 56.4%

Price: $123 Issue: Spring 2016 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

Illicit Stills is the first in a trilogy of limited releases reflecting Arran's distilling heritage. It includes unpeated Arran spirit, some of which has been aged in port pipes, along with amounts of medium-peated and heavily-peated whisky. Warm and rounded on the oily nose; figs and peat, before caramel and vanilla develop. Viscous in the mouth, with succulent orange and spicy peat. The finish is very long and peppery, with mouth-drying tannins. £85