Despite what you might think, this is not a pointless review of a long disappeared whisky. Well, the review may be pointless, but the whisky is still around. Glen Fahrn are a German retailer who started releasing their own bottlings a few years ago (I’m not sure if they still do). I purchased samples of a few of these from Whiskybase a while ago but had somehow forgotten to drink any of them. I came across these Arran samples recently and decided it was time. Much to my surprise, when I looked up the whisky I discovered that it’s still available from Glen Fahrn’s store. There might be a reason for this: it pains me to tell you that my review is not likely to make you want to rush out and purchase a bottle. I’m always disappointed when this happens with an indie bottling of a whisky from an indie distillery. It’s especially disappointing in this case as I’ve enjoyed the few bourbon cask Arrans I’ve had a fair bit (see the most recently reviewed) and was hoping the positive streak would continue.
Arran 16, 1996 (56.2%; Glen Fahrn; from a purchased sample)
Nose: A little grainy and spirity to start but then there’s some malt and chalk and some lemon. Maltier with time and the chalky note turns more aspirin-sour. Nothing interesting happens with water.
Palate: Pretty much as promised by the nose but with a little more sweetness. Because of the acid/sour notes, probably, this tastes pretty hot at full strength. Gets grainier with time. Let’s see if water rescues it. Yes, it does a bit: more sweetness and less of the grain now.
Finish: Long. Not terribly interesting with just some oaky spice that lasts a good while. As on the palate with water.
Comments: Though it improved with water, I can’t think of much of a reason for this to have been bottled as a single cask. It’s drinkable enough but it’s not particularly interesting. Hopefully, this will not be true of the other Glen Fahrn releases I have samples of.
Rating: 78 points.