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Arran 2007

Overall rating
86.09/100
votes
260
Whiskybase ID
WB100544
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Master of Distilling - James MacTaggart
Vintage
2007
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
54.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L 12 09 17 3 21:03 BB
Barcode
5060044483356
Added on
06 sep 2017 11:06 am by ctu
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 89.08

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260 × member ratings

882 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 2007

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.09 points

  1. Ruisdael scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    See Ralfy review September 2018. 90/100. Review 741.

  2. Bam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Like, dominant vanilla and lemon, but behind it both in the nose, and on the palate, behind these two flavors still much to discover. Alcohol is very well integrated, it also tolerates water very well.
    • Nose
      Strong vanilla and lemon. Very sweet and slightly salty. Behind it lies a slightly sour yeast dough note, together with malt and various garden herbs. Butter biscuits, banana and almonds.
    • Taste
      Strong start, silky mouthfeel. Starts very sweet with caramel, brown sugar and vanilla, then again very strong lemon, also that is very sweet, but at the same time also salty. The banana comes again. Then the oak slowly announces itself and becomes stronger and stronger.
    • Finish
      Medium. White pepper, oak, dark chocolate, mint and lemon. Astringent.

  3. EricLeeee scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    85/100
    • Nose
      87 87
      Quite rich vanilla and salted toffee, accompanied by ripe orchard apples and bananas, with caramel and fruit cake, followed by some honey and cinnamon. With a little water added, some peppercorn and floral sensations are evoked, as well as some malt notes. 87/100
    • Taste
      84 84
      The palate starts with thick honey and full-bodied wort, with some acidity from the orange pulp and some piquant young wood, also some touches of spicy spices and bitters. With a little water added, the vanilla and cream are amplified. 84/100
    • Finish
      85 85
      Med-long; quite dry in the mouth, with a predominantly oaky feel, but the bitterness gradually fades and turns to sweetness, still with some vanilla, toffee, and cinnamon. 85/100

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Vanilla, stewed apple and pear, mild apricot and sweet orange, grainy, fruitcake, honey, a tea note, nutty, some nutmeg and sawdust.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Vanilla, honey, apricot, peach, baked apple with cinnamon, bitter orange zest, more fruitcake, roasted nuts and an increasing woodbitterness.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium in length: vanilla, grapefruit, bitter nuts, strong astringent and drying oak wood notes.

  5. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
      Bit of whey, vanilla, ice cream and butter and fatty cake. This becomes less dominant over time
    • Taste
      85 85
      muffins with blueberries. chocolate sprinkles
    • Finish
      84 84
      fatty, like an oliebol (deepfried dough with raisins, served with powdered sugar)

  6. toklian scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F22 B22

  7. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    A tasty treat from the isle of Arran, this dram was chock full of lovely Arran maltiness sitting alongside satisfying hints of earthy minerals and salt. This was a great example of harmony between the sweet spices and honey from a first fill ex-bourbon barrel and a thick maltiness. However, I really wanted more from this Arran— it was too restrained and subtle on the nose and palate. While I am down to go to malt town, I wanted a little bit more fruit, spice, or cream to come through. Still, with the Master of Distilling artwork and label, I was really hoping for something elevated and extraordinary— so maybe that was on me for coming in with the wrong expectations.
    • Nose
      Rich malt and sweet honey come through strongly with more subtle fruit and oak notes in the background. Red apple slices, peeled grapefruit, vanilla cream, cinnamon powder, and floral peppercorns develop over time.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied with a mild dryness on the back. Honey and malt tumble forward like a bowl of honey nut cheerios with sweet graham and vanilla. Deeper in sits citrus rinds, chocolate Tootsie rolls, and brown sugar along with earthy rock salt.
    • Finish
      Lingering dry astringency and sweet spice.

  8. Blacksheep79 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. nhuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    If this really is your 85/86 points whisky... I would like to see your 90 points picks... Great bourbon cask selection, give it time and a little bit of water... Sweet vanilla will reward you.

  10. Svjatogor scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    n: fresh fruit, citrus, grapes, nice vanilla, butterscotch, caramel
    t: oak, fruit, spicy
    a: spicy, fruity, light, oak

  11. Ninofdram scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Vanilla, orange, malt, peanut, apple, mint and limestone.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Vanilla, pecan, orange and apple.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Vanilla, apple, pecan, orange and caramel.

  13. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  14. Totoro scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Never thought I'd say this, but I like the NAS better. In comparison, the "Bothy" (batch 1) is much more to my liking.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Acidic-vegetal, with some soft maritime notes. The Arran character is palpable: tart citrus alongside spicy arboreal aromas (pine), but somehow it's a bit muddled and vague and less fresh than I'd hoped. Lots of resinous and herbal notes from the (pretty dominant) wood: tree bark, sap, camphor.
    • Taste
      77 77
      The nose had some nice aspects, but this is where it loses me. Too much "dark", musty oak for a release that should boast lively, fruity bourbon freshness. Very bitter and uncompromising from start to finish. Water makes it a lot more peppery, but not any sweeter.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Bitter lemon.

  15. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. wbarchive_103403 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. dramidaris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  18. Odinson scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  19. Derufus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  20. Ninofdram scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Spring setting.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Cream, vanilla, curd, milk.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Vanilla, fennel seeds, steamed bao.
    • Finish
      86 86
      White pepper, salted peanuts, kombu, shisho leaf.

  22. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Densely structured and at first salty and spicy and a bit like pine nuts. Will be more fragrant and quite complex. Again salt but also butter and bouillon cubes.
      With water fresher and lemony. Yeast, bouillon cubes, salt, butter and overall tightly structured.
    • Taste
      Complex and wonderfully composed. Ripe vanilla, salt, pine nuts, oak, but again hints of bouillon cubes and grass.
      With water: grassy, citric and quite metallic. In addition, grass and a complex Floralität.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, salty, roasted and full of spicy oak.

  23. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Honey, some soil, a few herbs and grasses, cereals, lemon, some menthol, apple, pear, tropical fruits like pineapple, melon, peach
    • Taste
      Honey, apple, melon, peach, cereals, lime, grapefruit, some coffee, some wood, some pepper

  24. voodoochile scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very nice and fruity Whisky easy to enjoy on a warm summer evening.
    • Nose
      a fruit platter ripe bananas, vanilla and some pineapples. My friend was reminded of white gummy bears.
    • Taste
      The fruit continues to be dominant but the alcohol comes through. Water takes the edge of the alcohol but the fruits get a bit mashed with water. This makes the Whisky difficult. If they took the edge out of the alcohol i´d have given one or two points more and thought about buying a bottle.
    • Finish
      Long and fruity

  25. voodoochile scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very nice and fruity Whisky easy to enjoy on a warm summer evening.
    • Nose
      a fruit platter ripe bananas, vanilla and some pineapples. My friend was reminded of white gummy bears.
    • Taste
      The fruit continues to be dominant but the alcohol comes through. Water takes the edge of the alcohol but the fruits get a bit mashed with water. This makes the Whisky difficult. If they took the edge out of the alcohol i´d have given one or two points more and thought about buying a bottle.
    • Finish
      Long and fruity

  26. Implar scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Needs some time to open up. The regular 14 is more quaffable.
    • Nose
      Lightly floral, fruity (apples), some barley. Less soapy than the regular 14 year old
    • Taste
      Quite strong arrival, woodspice, vanilla & honey.
    • Finish
      Some woodspice again, slight pepper, medium long.

  27. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  28. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  29. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    21 21 21 21 84

    A good option 10 yo OB for those who love stronger!)

    having become more spirited, because -1 = 83

  30. Dyno scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    very good whisky but maybe not so easy for 'beginners', needs water to open up (and it changes quite dramtically for me) not so easy to find the sweet spot with the water though. With time in the glass it also improves a lot. This is a very good example of good, clean, matured, "pure" almost, unpeated whisky - i'd like to score it one higher but then it messes up a lot of my old scores... oh lord, the effect of having more drams, more years behind the belt, more experience, which eventually makes you realize you are rubbish at scoring :p

    edit january 2020: bumped it up 1 point after doing an in depth 'semi long term' blind taste of all my open bottles. This one has now gone empty... Bottle being open for over a year helped it to improve i think and the price paid totally convinced me to add a point. If i could i'd add another half, by the end of the bottle it really shines. Beautiful dram!
    • Nose
      solid bourbon matured what you could expect reference material, evolves a lot with water and time in the glass
    • Taste
      lot's of fruits, apples, bananas, white peaches, white grapes, some vanillas and other spices, even a touch of white pepper
    • Finish
      complex and long lasting, bananas very present the longer it lasts. sweet.

  31. JimmyLeg did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Ralfy's review.

    http://whiskyreviews.blogspot.com/2018/08/ralfy-review-741-isle-of-arran-10th.html

  32. Ruisdael scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Awesome, full and complex Arran. Craftwork. See also review 741 Ralfy.com

  33. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    For the exit price we were not all equal and it costs this kind of product. Less than 60 euros in a part of Europe and there I say without hesitation, do not miss it, it's a fabulous whisky. With us rarely under 70, 75 see 80 euros, which for a whisky of just 10 years begins to be rather unreasonable. Let's say that what makes its qualities will serve us at home, high alcohol, excise duty accordingly, doubly ridiculous, a law made by people who obviously do not know that our borders are never far. www.passionduwhisky.com
    • Nose
      Nose: Apples, vanilla. The texture is between wax and butter. There is a very nice concentration of flavors in there. White peaches, citrus fruits too. Yes it is powerful and compact.
    • Taste
      Palate: Very nice caramel, vanilla, apples. It's rich, unctuous. Spices come to tease the tip of the tongue, pepper, which will spread, but also berries of juniper. Lemon notes, also zest, which cause a little bitterness. Toasted oak announces the finale. A little sweet malt.
    • Finish
      Final: You have to deal with a bit of drought and more bitterness. There is a good return of the juniper. Bitter orange. All this will soften, leave more room for honeyed appearance. The oak will create persistence.

  34. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    7-11-2017
    • Nose
      81 81
      orange, fruit
    • Taste
      84 84
      caramel, pepper, spices
    • Finish
      84 84
      spices, fruit

  35. Ivynor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A nice surprise, I appreciated this Arran yet quite young. Only the final betrayed his age.
    86 + / 87 -
    • Nose
      Nose quite developed and wrapped, rather greedy, creamy, on stewed apple, quince, plum and vanilla. The whole is sweetish, with traces of wood in the background, and salted butter caramel.
    • Taste
      Mouth thick enough, always marked by the apple, but also by cinnamon, wood spices, a little iodine and a nice toffee side. Alcohol very well integrated.
    • Finish
      Quite disappointing and set back from the rest, the finish is quite vegetal, on wood, apple, spices (pepper in particular)

  36. Cast Olila scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  37. RobIsrael scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Nose: Big vanilla nose, some icing sugar, little bit of cinnamon also the malt is recognizable which is a good thing. After a while I smell some lemongrass. Very nice.

    Taste: Sweet, bitter like grapefruit, not very complex but tasty.

    Finish: Quiet long, on grapefruit, lemongrass, not a lot of sweetness like the nose or taste would predict. 

    Conclusion: This is a nice Arran, I think it will beat a lot of the single cask 10y old bourbon matured Arrans, well blended. 
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  38. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  39. kot1803 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  40. malt70 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Not only my notes, but a summary of a twitter tasting with a lot of different notes: https://fosm.de/tt-tweet-tasting-arran-10dramgoodyears/

  41. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    https://www.whiskynotes.be/2017/arran/arran-james-mactaggart-10-years/

    Nose: first-fill bourbon alright, full of vanilla custard, buttery candy, malt and honey. Ripe yellow apples. Whiffs of white chocolate. Orange oil. Almond biscuits. Hints of coconut and light sawdust as well. Honest and balanced.
    Mouth: fairly simple but nicely fruit and just well made. There’s malt, honey, toffee and apple cake. Then melons and hints of pineapple cubes. Some white pepper and gingery notes from the oak, which are growing towards the end.
    Finish: quite long, on sweet plums and oak spices.Fresh, juicy and very natural Arran whisky. No trickery, simply well made. We cannot be against that.

  42. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet, honey, something like bread, brown bread, but also the sweetness of currant bread.
    • Taste
      Pepper, and sweet, honey, vanilla. Again (including the food of) currant bread
    • Finish
      Light pepper, medium, warming. Sweet, honey, vanilla.

  43. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  44. nhuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    lovely Arran... nose fruity and complex, creamy vanilla in the mouth, long finish with a bit of pepper in the end, takes water very well and gets sweeter... really allows the spirit to shine, nicely matured in good casks, very good price/value in the €50s, but don´t think it will stay there due to limited number  (12000 bottles)

  45. Opeth83 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice whisky, young Arrans can be little bitter sometimes, but this is wel made more barrels so more chance to get it right. 
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  46. Macheye scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Isle of Arran’s James MacTaggart Anniversary Single Malt is a textbook way to celebrate the achievements of their Master Distiller, in that it showcases the quality of the Arran spirit alongside some of the first casks filled under his watch. The end result is a tasty and effective ex-bourbon whisky where the higher ABV really helps to deliver pronounced and punchy, but well-balanced flavour. 

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/arran/arran-james-mactaggart-anniversary-single-malt/
    • Nose
      Fresh, vibrant buttery vanilla, citrus and spice. Barley and toasted cereals are immediate and reinforced by a firm fruitiness – lime peels, coconut shavings and peaches. There is an enveloping creaminess from rich warm vanilla custard alongside yogurt and rice pudding. Cask spice is already discernible, a hint of pepper and dash of salt. The addition of water enhances the buttery notes further, but takes the pronounced edges away from the sharper vanilla and fruit aromas.
    • Taste
      Barely up front and centre and supported ably by some rich biscuit notes, lemon meringue pie, honey and breakfast cereals. Fruitiness is still high on the agenda, but now a touch more tropical with melons and mangoes. The higher ABV helps deliver strong but sympathetic cask spicing with the salinity really dialled up a notch now. A dash of water further enhances the overall sweetness of the whisky and particularly emphasises citrus flavours.
    • Finish
      Short to medium in length and accentuating barley, cask spice and underlying sweetness.

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