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Arran 2000 SMWS 121.101

Overall rating
84.50/100
votes
6
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Honey & vanilla roasted rhubarb
Vintage
20.04.2000
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Casknumber
121.101
Number of bottles
234
Strength
53.0 % Vol.
Size
25 ml 700 ml
Added on
13 Nov 2017 7:31 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 87,64

one in wishlist

Level Username
Expert Junior Abadon05

6 × member ratings

Level Username Rating
Expert Junior j.nolti
88
Expert Senior ducksingel
86
Connoisseur mad69
85
Connoisseur Fernet Branco
84
Expert Senior Macheye
83
Member Senior Dominik
81

6 × in collection

Level Username Collection
Expert Junior arranmaltlover
1
  • closed
Expert Junior decimator
1
  • empty
Member Senior Dominik
1
  • empty
Expert Senior PunxsutawneyPhil
1
  • open
Member Senior RobertFifoot
1
  • closed
Member Senior uli
1
  • open

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

All versions

Category Rating
Nose
21
Taste
21
Finish
20
Balance
19

Tastingtags

4 Notes

Dominik
Member Senior Dominik Tasting note
12 Feb 2018 8:14 pm
Dominik gave this whisky 81 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Makes a pretty sweet entrance with vanilla, honey and bananas leading the way. This is accompanied by a slight spiciness and sourness that's well-described by the "rhubarb" reference in the whisky's name. Water adds ginger into the mix. The banana is more prominent now.

Taste

Bitter-sweet grapefruits and sour rhubarb, not much else so far to be honest. Let's add water... There's a bit of vanilla, caramel and dry oak now. Still mostly bitter and sour though.

Finish

Medium in length, dominated by bitter citrus fruits... bitter lemon?

Comments

Slightly off-balance whisky from the "Spicy & dry" category at SMWS. Certainly not a bad whisky, although it could have benefited from sweeter notes as a counterweight to its sharpness on the palate.

Fernet Branco
Connoisseur Fernet Branco Review note
21 Nov 2017 10:08 am
Fernet Branco gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
84.1
Nose
85
Initial taste
84
Body
84
Finish
85
Price
82
Presentation
83
dramspotter
Expert Senior dramspotter Note
21 Nov 2017 8:59 am

SMWS Notes: A little shy at the beginning with sherbet lemon sweets, icing sugar, hay bales and gentian schnapps. Deeper notes soon arrived in the form of banoffee pie - a buttery biscuit base layered with bananas, whipped cream and caramel sauce. Sharp and zesty on the palate, balanced by the bitterness of natural quinine bitter lemon and rosewater flavoured fudge. Water added clotted cream and stem ginger ice cream with honey and vanilla roasted rhubarb and to taste, semolina porridge with cinnamon and apple sauce. After 16 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, we transferred this whisky directly into a second-fill toasted oak hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.

Macheye
Expert Senior Macheye Tasting note
16 Nov 2017 9:23 am
Macheye gave this whisky 83 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Rhubarb as promised. Sweet and tart and slightly stewed. Peach cobbler, bananas and lemons come together with some deep earthy and spicy notes – fresh wood planks, sandalwood, cedar, damp hay and strong black tea. Adding water I find the honey notes promised along with some freshly baked apple pie.

Taste

Sharp with zingy sherbet fruits and a fair degree of oak bitterness. Black tea again along with tart lemons and crystalline ginger. Water brings out the earthy notes further, but reduced the prominent of the sweet fruits. No real discernible vanilla in here for me.

Finish

Medium with some drying cinnamon spice.

Comments

This 17 year old Arran is satisfying enough, with some interesting spice and earthy flavours, but they’ve somewhat taken over the natural Arran spirit (which I think works best in no-messing ex-Bourbon barrels). There’s quite some sharpness and tartness here, which I suspect have come from the rerack into the toasted barrel.

https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/arran/121.101-honey-and-vanilla-roasted-rhubarb/

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