Arran 14-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pure by nature
Stated Age
14 years old
1st Fill Sherry & Ex-Bourbon Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 27 10 16
Added on
09 Feb 2018 8:54 pm by RR60

Average value

€ 44.99

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20 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 14-year-old

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.53 points

  1. RR60 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  2. Macheye scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I still remember my first experience of Arran 14 year old back in 2010. I was impressed then – I still am. This expression is a very solid step up from the entry-level Arran (currently the 10 year old), and whilst adding roughly an additional £10 to the price tag, more than justifies the cost through a combination of subtle but effective sherry cask influence, and admirable overall balance. The 14 year old is bright, fresh, and very evocative of the overall distillery character. If you’ve not yet experienced any bottlings from Arran, this one would probably be my recommendation as an ideal place to start.

    • Nose
      Gentle and fresh. Immediate crème caramel and vanilla custard mingle with toffee-coated apples, bright citrus peels and slightly reduced berries. Damp wood earthiness, pine needles and a touch of minerality provide additional interesting aromas. Throughout there is a very slight coastal salinity and delicate inflections of dusty ginger. The addition of a few drops of water heightens the citrus notes especially, and adds in a spoonful of honey and a scattering of orange peels.
    • Taste
      A viscous, but creamy arrival with more than enough weight. At the front of the palate, fruits – toffee apples and pears in particular. Then, vanilla and caramel, both underpinned with the delicate saltiness that was detected on the nose (I do love salted caramel in all its forms). Lightly reduced berries, nuttiness and leather provide signs of the sherry influence, but they’re restrained and supportive, rather than leading proceedings. Spiciness comes through stronger on the palate with ginger, tingly pepper and earthy nutmeg. Water again pronounces citrus peels, but also brings in some stony minerality that was detected on the nose.
    • Finish
      Medium in length and offering a combination of dusty spices and herbal tea, bringing a very pleasant level of dryness to round things off.


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