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Arran

The Isles: Arran

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The whisky

List of the bottles

Arran: official bottlings

Arran

6 years

Age
6 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Sherry
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74/100
Arran

The colour is yellow (straw) with greenish glints. The nose is close to malted barley and the fragrances are issued from the distillation (spices) with however slight chocolate hints, coming from the ageing in sherry casks.
The palate is full and mellow and confirms the nose.
The finish is long and sweet-bitter and goes on on notes evoking nuts vanilla and barley.

(la Maison du Whisky)

Personal Comment
The distillery is the most recent of Scotland, as it was founded in 1995. The first single malt the distillery marketed is aged 6 years, and despite its young age, this whisky has great qualities. It is however not yet able to compete with the great single malts, but the production of this interesting distillery must be kept in mind in the coming years, as it could bring us some very nice bottlings.... It is rather unfair to compare a young spirit (6 years) with others who spend more than 10 years in oak casks.
65/100
The nose is marked by malt with a hint of sweet spices (cinnamon?). The taste is very sweet, sugared and without a great complexity. The rather short finish is interesting. An excellent alcohol for its age. But personally, I prefer riper alcohols.
70/100
A nice freshness at first nosing, something between malt and ripe fruits, with a touch of spices. In the mouth, a kind of dullness, marked by some slightly bitter and "metallic" notes, where the nose impressions are not recognized. The finish is rather bitter as well, some nutty aftertaste and still this "metallic" character, giving the impression the whisky has been served in an iron recipient... The whole is however rather pleasant, and the young age of this whisky makes it a hope for the future.
74/100
Comment by Johannes_Sauer
C.: Bright, fresh straw, a soft greenish gleam N.: The first imagination is citrus friut, lime peel, mildly spiced tea with cinnamon and ginger. All together very well blended with a hefty whiff of alcohol. Beneath this very friendly impression are thick, round layers of malt and barley. P.: The alcohol is here even a bit stronger, the citrus steps back, but very new and amazing is a breath of earth and moss which replaces the spiced tea and mixes beautifully with the malty taste. Evokes memories of a warm and rainy day in Scotland..... F.: A medium short finish, earth, moss and malt vanishing quickly, leaving room for the lively alcoholic taste which teases the tastebuds for a short while. Conc.: A rather surprising, multilayered and pleasureful dram despite its young age.
84/100

Arran

First, 1995 distillation

Age
8 years
Alcohol percentage
46,0 %
Bottler
Official
Dates
Distil: 1995
Bottle
2784 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered
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81/100
Arran First
This bottle is part of a batch from the first distillation in 1995. Only 2784 bottles have been marketed.
Nose: Warm. Sweet scenty. A hint of salt.
Palate:Clean. Toffee. Creamy. Bananas
Finish:Cedary. Long, soothing. The early releases were promising, and this one has matured well.
Personal Comment
A very pleasant smell, with slightly salted but very fresh hints precedes a rather complex and very pleasant taste, which has a kind of sweet-sour character. The non chill filtration adds a very pleasant note to the whole. A rather long finish, with some woody notes crowns this excellent bottle.
84/100
The nose detects some honey and green wood hints. The smell is fresh, but not really complex. Probably normal for a malt at this age. In the palate, a nicely sugared whisky, with hints of toffee. But a kind of monotony in the taste. A nice finish, rather long, remaining on slightly woody notes with however a strong impression of alcohol. This impression was paradoxically not present nor at the nose nor in the mouth.
74/100
Nice spicy nose announcing a great complexity. A touch of smoke, nice fruity notes and some nutty hints with at the end a kind of soapy impression...
The mouth draws level with the nose even if the announced complexity is not completely present. Nutty and spicy notes. Quite a pleasant mouth.
The finish is rather fresh and all sensations of the palate prolong for long minutes.
84/100

Arran

Finished in a Port cask

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
57,5 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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79/100
Arran Port finish
Personal Comment
A rather fresh nose, announcing a rather young whisky, but not without a certain character, even nearly aggressive. In the palate, the young age of this whisky is revealed by a lack at fullness and a marked presence of alcohol that the port finish did not succeed to hide completely. A lingering and very pleasant finish, where the port appears, giving a rather sweet finishing touch despite the high alcohol degree.
79/100
The second tasting just confirmed the first one, especially the aggressive side of a young alcohol. The finish is clearly on the port without losing the roughness of a young and spirited whisky.
79/100
Quite a pleasant nose despite some alcohol hints making the nose tingle, some wax ane malted notes. In the mouth, an interesting mix of toasted malted barley, some citrus fruits, a bit of woody bitterness, discrete coffee notes and a kind of overall sweetness. The finish is warm and its length is quite long, but without exaggeration.
79/100

Arran

10 years

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
46,0 %
Bottler
Official
Bottle
0 of 0 btls
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81/100
Arran 10
COLOR : Deep gold with greenish glints.
NOSE : fresh and elegant, it is marked by fruits (pear) and vanilla on a background of subtle coconut notes.
PALATE: oily. Frank and precise attack. Notes of pears in syrup. It developes on ripe fruits
(cherry plum), dry fruits (raisin, haselnut) and oak.
FINISH : dominated by citrus fruits (orange, lemon). Herbal (cut hay) it developes on fruits (pear, les agrumes dominent (orange, citron). Herbacée (foin coupé), elle se prolonge sur les fruits (pêche blanche, medlar).
(la Maison du Whisky)
Personal Comment
The nose is wuite fresh and pleasant, without any aggressiveness. A smooth and suave nose with nice fruity but rather discrete hints. Some vanilla too. In the palate, a kind of complexity, where malt and fruity hints share are both "papilla catchers" at first, and then it developes on slightly acid notes, between metal and wood, and at last, nice bitter touches (nut), when the alcohol impression begins to appear. Strange enough, at the first contact in the palate, this whisky gave an impression of beeing watery, than the presence of alcohol becomes obvious, before disappearing after a while. The finish is pleasant and rather long, smooth just like the first nosing. Quite a special bottle...
79/100
A pleasantly fruity nose with nice hints of vanilla. Just smoothness and nuances. Nice floral notes mixed to honey fragrances. Heather and wild flowers.
In the palate, the same pleasant fruity smoothness mixes with slightly bitter notes first and develop quickly on a kind of acidity, unripe fruits mixed with ripe ones, before coming back on the first sweet fruity sensations.
The finish is rather short and clearly below the nose and mouth. Acidity dominates now.
84/100

Arran

100 Proof

Age
8 years
Alcohol percentage
57,1 %
Bottler
Official
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87/100
Aran 100 proof
Personal Comment
Powerful floral whiffs are really delightful for the nostrils. Several nuances, all of them being very pleasant.
The mouth too is very pleasant, relatively complex with a nice mix of smooth, fruity and malty notes and some quite acid hints and others discretely bitter ones. The whole is very nice.
The finish is lingering and perfectly balanced, just like the nose and the mouth were...
84/100
Comment by Johannes_Sauer
Colour: Bright clear apple juice Nose: A firm maltiness with a complex fruity and floral approach. Crème brûlée with fresh apples. Palate: oily, the vanishing of the alcohol releases a wonderful fruity malt-combination not without a soft spicy vanilla note. The addition of water increases this impression. Finish: Long and malty. Conclusion: This is love at the first taste, a malt which does not need any peat
93/100

Arran

Ambassadors Choice, Issue One

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Official
Cask number
single cask 444
Dates
Distil: 2-4-1998 Bottling: 9-7-2008
Bottle
358 of 611 btls
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84/100
Arran Ambassadors Choice
Personal Comment
Quite a discrete nose with malty and nutty hints and a touch of yeast. Marshmallow as well.
In the palate, a light bitterness completes a first smooth and pleasant contact, and the complexity which makes usually a great whisky is compensated by a nice balance. A discrete touch of smoke and another of citrus fruit.
The finish is more spectacular than the palate but here also the dominant seems to be a balanced malty and nutty impression.
84/100

Arran: independent bottlers

Arran

Berry's own selection, 1996

Collection
Berry's Own Selection
Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
54,6 %
Bottler
Berry Bros and Rudd
Cask number
single cask 1507
Dates
Distil: 1996 Bottling: 2007
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79/100
Arran 1996 Berry Bros & Rudd
Personal Comment
A refined malty nose. Discrete notes of Marshmallow and of ripe fruit characterise this delicately perfumed nose.
The first mouth is bitter then acid before coming back on malt and fruit after a light smoky phase. A kind of complexity without exaggeration. A great smoothness even if this whisky is not so easy to apprehend.
The finish is long and a smooth bitterness prolongs for long minutes.
79/100

Arran

46, Sherry Hogshead 12 years

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Sherry Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 13064
Dates
Distil: 2001 Bottling: 1013
Bottle
225 of 310 btls
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87/100
Arran 12 MoS 46
Personal Comment
Colour: Old gold
A very pleasant even if it presents a somewhat linear nose, marked by malt with a hint of sherry. Spices, especially pepper give it a nice terrain after a few seconds of ventilation.
On the palate, the first impression is the malt, but here pepper disappeared, giving way to subtle dried fruit mixes while still dominated by the malty sweetness. A beautiful presence, perfectly integrated alcohol.
The finish is warm and relatively short. Dried fruits come to the fore here.
An excellent whisky, especially if you consider its price.
87/100

Arran

First Cask 12 years

Collection
First Cask
Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
55 %
Bottler
Whisky Import Nederland
Cask
Bourbon barrel
Cask number
single cask 780
Dates
Distil: 13-12-2001 Bottling: 07-06-2014
Bottle
216 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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81/100
Arran 12 First Cask
Personal Comment
Color: Light gold
A nice fruity freshness offered by a fairly quiet and relatively not very complex nose.
In the mouth, the same fres fruitiness with a pretty obvious sweet feeling, even disturbing. Along with this smooth, (relatively bland) discrete acids peaks complete the picture.
The finish is fresh and long. Despite the appearance of freshness generated by this final, the memory of the alcohol remains omnipresent. Oddly, these injections of alcohol in the final while nor the nose nor the mouth did notice them.
81/100

Arran: samples

Arran

The ultimate single malt collection 1998

Collection
The Ultimate Single Malt selection
Age
11 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
The Ultimate Whisky Company
Cask number
single cask 649
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79/100
Personal Comment
Nice nose with beautiful ripe pear hints and some peppery notes.
In the palate, the same pear smoothness first, which unfortunately makes quickly room for some kind of unexpected rather unpleasant chocolate bitterness.
The finish keeps the memory of the mouth for quite a short time. The nice notes of the nose have completely disappeared.
79/100

Arran

15 years

Collection
The Maltman
Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
52,5 %
Bottler
Meadowside (The Maltman)
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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83/100
Arran 15 Meadowside
Personal Comment

Color: Gold
The nose is fruity and fresh. Beautiful notes of ripe pear, green apple with a slight touch of acidity (gentian). A slight tingling due to the presence of alcohol is definitely present. Some spices also.
The palate is very fruity as well. Some nice contrasts between the acidity of green apple and other softer notes as the pear which was already present in the nose give him a pretty complex.
The finish is fresh and fruity length.
A very nice whisky but not really surprising.
83/100


Arran

1996, sherry hogshead

Age
16 years
Alcohol percentage
56,3 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Sherry Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 13002
Dates
Distil: 12-1996 Bottling: 01-2013
Bottle
249 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 83/100
Personal Comment
Colour: Straw
As a first step, the nose is extremely discreet and notes of malt and muesli appear. The nose is fairly linear but overall is nice.
Aeration reveals more vegetable notes and fresh hint of mint. This vent makes it the most good. This is a whisky that takes time to reveal itself, but if you have patience, you will be rewarded.
In the mouth, we have a bit the same evolution. First, too much discretion and the fresh vegetal notes that eventually happen. Here too, patience is required. However, the taste is not as rich as the nose.
The finish is quite short and is also characterized by discretion.
86/100

Arran

16 years

Collection
Single Cask Series
Age
16 years
Alcohol percentage
55,4 %
Bottler
Master of Malt
Cask
Refill sherry hogshead
Dates
Distil: 13-06-1996 Bottling: 11-2012
Bottle
59 of 218 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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WDTS2013-03 81/100
Arrqn 16 MoM
Personal Comment
WDTS2013-03
Commentaire de Whiskywardrobe
“Quite powerful and fruity, maybe a Balblair? I have mixed feelings about this whisky”
This dram has a white wine-like color.

Nose (87): (5)more than average. honey, citrus, floral, spices, fruits, peaches, cherries.

Taste (90): powerful, oily. honey, fruits, citrus, spices, cinnamon, wood.

Finish (89): (5)longer than average. honey, citrus, spices.

89/100
WDTS2013-03
Commentaire de Mars
Nose: Nuts, overripe fruits, light brown sugar, ripe pear. More fresh with aeration.
Second tasting two weeks after: Very fruity, floral, a touch of nutmeg, a little fire, white grape.

Taste: Very fruity, green apple, powerful.

Final: very ripe fruits, pear, spice, nuts.

Comments: Alcohol is giving power to the flavors but is a little aggressive.

87/100
WDTS2013-03
Commentaire de RX21
Color: Pale yellow
Nose: Citrus fruits, iodine
Mouth: Fat peat, Good balance
Finish: Pineapple, salt

87/100
WDTS2013-03
Commentaire de Dede
Color: White dry wine

Nose: A bit austere at first nose, then slowly opens. Bergamot, iodine, malt, vinous or something. Finally rather pleasant as long as you appreciate other than vanilla / sweet bombs whiskies.

Palate: The texture is nice, attack sweeter than expected, the mid-palate tingle a little. There's still volts ... A nice controlled bitterness balances the mouth. It opens with a little water, good balance between bitter notes and other tart ones (still bergamot).

Finish: Medium length, in line with the mouth.

Conclusion: A nice malt for man drinks lover, not in the brutal way, but the bitterness will not please the sweet tooth.
85/100
WDTS2013-03
Commentaire de Piazzolla
Nose: too reserved / quiet, on vague hints of white peach and pear. Marine hint / iodine? Surprising hint of caramel after aeration!
Mouth: delicate start (silky texture) on white peach and maybe some flowers. Malt.
Finish: rather short and very aromatic
Conclusion: malt is not bad but too subdued. No displeasure drinking it.
84/100
WDTS2013-03
Commentaire de Savoureur
Appearance: very light yellow
Nose: low to medium intensity, well integrated alcohol, light farmy peat, green apples, fresh vegetables
Taste: low to medium intensity, well integrated alcohol, dry, mineral, medium bitterness, lemony, meaty
Finish: short to medium

84/100
WDTS2013-03
Commentaire de TTN
The nose is fruity (apricot) and herbaceous. With a little water it opens on citrus (orange) and salt.
Very lively in the mouth, on blood orange and cereal aromas. Water makes the mouth creamier and brings out the salt.
Long finish, and hot chocolate.

Water is useful for this malt which is not bad but still a bit monolithic. It reminds me a malt as Ben Nevis.
83/100
WDTS2013-03
Commentaire de Singlemalt71
Nose: Medium powerful. Quite young character, such as new spirit or wash (beer of barley). Light tones of vanilla and later on warm tones of biscuit / barley and a little bit sulfurous.

Taste: A bit of sourness, some bitterness, slightly sweet and a bit fruity.

Finish: Long and spicy.

83/100
WDTS2013-03
Commentaire de arno
Nose: vegetable dish, Brussels sprouts, combined with pastry notes of marzipan. A little wax.
Palate: Initially sweet with these notes & vegetables (homemade soup with winter vegetables), turns on peat, bitumen, pepper, and never leave the register.
Final: pepper & salt.
Conclusion: A bit wobbly and not complex enough (too young?).
82/100
WDTS2013-03
Commentaire de Jmputz
Colour: Straw
A pretty young nose with strong hints of alcohol and a pronounced yeasty smell. The nose is not to my taste. Aeration makes it the highest good and after a few moments, grains emerge.
The first mouth is sweet and moving slowly toward touches of citrus, bathed in a highly present alcohol. The mouth is monolithic and rather disappointing.
The finish is long and sweet.
80/100
WDTS2013-03
Commentaire de Mapi
Color white wine - clear

Nose: Alcohol locks the flavor. Light notes of almond and breadcrumbs. Aeration brings a floral dimension.

Taste: Alcohol still powerful. Herbaceous notes, soft almost creamy texture. Dilution brings anise impressions.

Final: The final is consistent with the first two stages of tasting: it remains on the almond. Retro olfaction, a curious note of burned. It ends a little hard way: impression of limestone.


A whisky that is a bit unbalanced with alcohol too present compared to the aromatic palette.
80/100
WDTS2013-03
Commentaire de Jeep
Nose: Lots of alcohol. Solvents, rubbing alcohol. Some notes of marine and iodine.
Taste: Very young. Brandy (mirabelle, quetsche), pear, vanilla. But again, too much alcohol.
Final: Rather long on fresh pears and black pepper.
Conclusion: Whisky too young and too alcooleux for my taste.
78/100
WDTS2013-03
Commentaire de Flonews
color: light gold
Nose: very distant
Mouth, explosive, wood and spices.
Final: Short

Nothing, not sympathy, but evolution closed.
75/100
WDTS2013-03
Commentaire de Jean-Michel
Colour: Straw.

Nose: White orchard fruits (mainly apples), vanilla, and juniper. Lots of juniper. Yeasty and grainy. Sour cream. Unsugared flavoured yoghourt (unripe apricot?). Doesn't seem to be mature yet.

Mouth: Sugared juniper and vanilla. Soaked cereals. Getting more bitter now. Cinchona. Indian Tonic. Gin fizz. Getting hotter too (55% ?). Almost burning with lots of pepper and crystallized ginger.

Finish: Bitter and grainy.

Comment: This malt shows a grainy and unmatured side along with some overwhelming pepper and bitterness I don't feel comfortable with. A raw indy teenage Arran?

73/100
WDTS2013-03
Commentaire de Jbrice
Nose: spirity rom the very beginning. Opens on austere cereal notes, solvent and sulfur. I guess I also feel a maritime influence. Hints of pear and vanilla are expressed in background.

Mouth: Burning! Many new make and little else ... Sickening over sips.

Finish: long ...

Comments: this whisky has been surely bottled too young or having defects ... I do not like even a passable nose, mouth is disgusting.
60/100

Arran: not in collection

Arran

Robert Burns

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
49 %
Bottler
Official
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76/100
Arran Robert Burns
Personal Comment
Comment by Johannes_Sauer
Colour: Very bright, white wine, even brighter. Very soft greenish glints. Nearly sparkling.This is really a beauty, that's one more appreciation point alone for this beautiful colour. Nose: Spearmint, coconut, pineapple. Green grass, clover. Behind that lays a softer malty note. Like a whiff of wet air after a country rain. Taste: Very easy, very fresh, a little perfumed note (maraschino) leaves a soft disturbing impression. Green apples and white chocolate. Sugarcubes, again mints. Finish: Short, easy and quickly passing by. Uncomplicated. Conc.: All in all an a little harmless and and not very demanding dram if there were not this colour I fell in love with.... Rating is 15 points + 1 for the colour Tasting Date: Oct/23/2008 Price in Germany: under 30 Euro
74/100

Arran

46% Non chill filtered

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
Non chillfiltered
links & average quote
81/100
Arran Non chill filtered
Personal Comment

Arran

Sherry Single Cask specially selected for Belgium. 1997-2010

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
55 %
Bottler
Official
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See: BT2010
Personal Comment

Arran

Bordeaux finish

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
59,7 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
( Saint Estephe finish)
links & average quote
87/100
Arran St Estephe
Personal Comment

Arran

9 years

Age
9 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Official
links & average quote
82/100
Personal Comment

Arran

Champagne Finish

Age
8 years
Alcohol percentage
58,8 %
Bottler
Official
links & average quote
75/100
Personal Comment

Arran

12 years

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
54,7 %
Bottler
Master of Malt
Cask
refill sherry
Bottle
301 btls
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82/100
Personal Comment

Arran

10 years old, 250th Robert Burns Anniversary

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Official
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81/100
Arran 250 Robert Burns
Personal Comment

Arran

13 years

Age
13 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Dewar Rattray
Cask number
single cask 97/509
Dates
Distil: 1997 Bottling: 2010
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84/100
Personal Comment

Arran

15 years, 1997

Collection
Chieftain's Choice
Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Ian McLeod
Cask
butt
Cask number
single cask 935
Dates
Distil: 06/1997 Bottling: 02/2013
Bottle
786 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered
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links & average quote
Forum 77/100
Personal Comment

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