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The Arran Malt Sauternes Cask Finish Single Malt, Scotland


There are few independent distilleries left in Scotland. Isle of Arran is among them. That freedom from corporate control may be a reason it can bottle a large variety of styles. This is one of my favourites. After a long maturation period in standard casks, the spirit spends an additional brief period in wood that once contained Sauternes dessert wine from Bordeaux. The wine-infused casks lend fruit and honey and a sweet entry to this robust, 50-per-cent whisky. But the complexity builds to include strong notes of cereal, soda bread, hay, vanilla and nuts. Available in limited quantities in Ontario. $63.79 in New Brunswick, $61.60 in Newfoundland.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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