Scotch By Nino Marchetti / July 7, 2018 The Isle of Arran distillery, as you likely guessed by the name, is located on a rather scenic Scottish island. The Isle of Arran plays host to a number of noted natural wonders, many of which the distillery will pay homage to through its new The Explorers Series. The first of these is called Brodick Bay. The Arran The Explorers Series, Brodick Bay, is named after Brodick Bay, one of the first things folks commonly take in as they approach the island on a ferry. To celebrate it the whisky is a 20-year-old Scotch that’s been matured in both bourbon barrels and sherry hogsheads before being finished in Oloroso sherry butts sourced directly from Bodegas Tradicion in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Arran Malt Brodick Bay (image via Isle of Arran distillery) This Scotch, limited to 9,000 bottles worldwide, is bottled at 49.8% ABV and prices around £130, or about $175 USD. You’ll find some official tasting notes for Brodick Bay below. Nose: Immediate notes of creamy toffee emerge, with the fresh fruity citrus notes of Arran also very evident. The promise of something memorable. Palate: Starts with an intense sweetness which coats the tongue as the creamy toffee develops into a treacle laced fudge. Dark chocolate raisins and honey give this dram delicious depth which stays long on the palate. With time or a drop of water, this dram opens up beautifully and shows another side with soft oak and hints of pink pepper. Finish: Long and memorable. A real gourmet dram which retains the sweetness of the delicate Arran character with layers of rich intense fruit. Welcome to Brodick Bay and the beautiful Isle of Arran.