Arran The Peacock 1996 Vintage, 46%

Price: $62 Issue: Summer 2010 Reviewer: John Hansell

Complex, dynamic, and well-balanced. Honeyed vanilla, bright fruit (lemon, tangerine, nectarine), sultana, green grapes, and banana bread, peppered with ginger and subtle, gripping grape skin. Great mouth-feel (from the oak), which adds another dimension. That's what 46% and no chill-filtering will do for a whisky. One of the better Arran whiskies I've tasted. (Released in 2009. Sadly not available in the U.S.) £38