Overall rating
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Honey & vanilla roasted rhubarb
Stated Age
17 years old
2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
53.0 % Vol.
25 ml 700 ml
Added on
13 Nov 2017 7:54 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 87.64

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 2000 SMWS 121.101

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.75 points

  1. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  2. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Excellent bottling although this got better when the air in the bottle increased. I reviewed this when there was only little left. Definitely needs some water. A few minutes of rest also gives more flavour. Overall, one of the better Arran's I've tasted so far.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Great balance of wood and sweet, vanilla fudge spirit. Hay and honey cover it al. There's some mint, peppermint even. Some banana and peach complete the nose
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, honey sweetness, then woody hay and vanilla honey. Lovely.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, slightly bitter and slightly drying in the end. The vanilla and honey dipped wood fades away in the front and back of the tongue

  3. Dominik scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    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.
    • 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?

  4. FernetBranco scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  5. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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.

  6. Macheye scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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.

    • 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.


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