Wine Enthusiast Magazine recently named Speyburn Arranta Casks one of the Top 100 Spirits of 2015. The U.S. only limited release is unique for its exclusive use of first fill American Oak ex-bourbon casks and draws its rich color and full-bodied flavor from the quality and character of the wood.
“Arranta” meaning ‘bold’, ‘daring’ and ‘intrepid’ in Scottish Gaelic, Arranta Casks embodies the spirit of the Speyburn distillery and shows off a bolder take on the classic Speyburn flavor profile.
The limited release single malt received 93 points designating it as an “Excellent” selection and “highly recommended” by the esteemed publication. The accompanying review goes on to state, “…this single-malt Scotch bursts with baked apple, vanilla and coconut aromas, with a light brush of peat. The palate shows vanilla sweetness and mouthwatering salted caramel, finishing brisk and moderately smoky.”
According to Spirits Editor Kara Newman, the annual list celebrates some of the most stellar spirits available and says it’s “impossible not to declare the spirits class of 2015 as the best and brightest yet.”
Speyburn Arranta Casks is bottled at 46% abv (92 proof) as a limited release, exclusively in the U.S. at a suggested retail price of $40.
Known as Scotland’s most picturesque distillery, Speyburn is nestled in a secluded Speyside glen, where it draws on the pure waters of the Granty Burn for the creation of its award-winning whisky. Ever since John Hopkins founded the distillery over a hundred years ago, Speyburn has continued to harness the natural elements of the Spey valley to create a unique single malt whisky. Continuously innovating throughout the years, Speyburn has recently undergone major expansion following ongoing customer demand and long-term forecasted growth. Alongside this expansion, which has significantly reduced the distillery’s carbon footprint and allowed it to increase production considerably, Speyburn has retained its time-honored distillation methods and many of its original features, such as its pagoda roof, wooden wash backs, unique stills and traditional dunnage warehouses. It is thanks to this balance of tradition and innovation that Speyburn has earned more than 30 awards since 2010, including numerous gold and double gold medals. Speyburn honors this proud legacy by continuously trusting in its instincts, and is pleased to present as a result its latest and most daring expression yet: Arranta Casks.
Speyburn Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky was first distilled on December 15, 1897, the diamond jubilee year of Queen Victoria. Today, Speyburn continues to use the time-honored tradition distillation methods that created the single barrel of the 1897 vintage. The portfolio includes Speyburn Bradan Orach, Speyburn 10 year old and Speyburn 25 year old expressions.