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Whisky Reviews for Arran 1996 Cl
10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.92 points
- This is a very complete and succesful bottling of Arran in my opinion! Arran is one of those distilleries that often deliver me middle of the road whiskies (although tasteful and pleasant), but regularly I cross paths with very interesting and deserving bottlings. This is one of those times. It encourages me to keep track of this distillery.
A thick body on the nose. Sweet, Fresh and Sour. A very full on and intense experience. This is a very pleasant nose! It is right in between the fruity and spiced/herbal side of sherry. Not a sherrybomb at all but a very pleasant integration of cask and spirit. Red berries and tangerines combined with vanilla, various spices, some nuttiness and green herbs like thyme. There is also a fresh grassy, a somewhat farm-like note and a citrus note to it as well. It gives a lot of depth to the whole. Splendid! Alcohol seems to be very well integrated. Well matured, beautiful layers, very pleasing nose! After a short while it is friendly and intense at the same time. Giving it time to oxidatie a big gets more maturity to the surface.
The taste is again sweet and sour. Syrupy and balanced. Friendly and mature. It is very accessible and offers dried red fruits, dried spices, charred oak and a whiff of hay. Again I get some citrus fruits as well, could best describe it as lemonpeel I guess. It gets slightly peppery at the end.
This fellow gives a rather medium-long finish to it. At first very delicate wood influences, after this nuttiness comes in in like walnuts. The finish is very delicate as a whole and offers a mouth covering silkiness with a whiff of mild pepper.
Good sweet and sour nose, quite thick on the sherry. Loads of red fruit, ripe berries but also a slight citric acid note. Quite well balanced.
Again very sweet and a little sour. In the background there is a little dusty note, but it is in a vast shadow of sweets and red fruit. A very fruity sherried Arran!
Long length. Here the sherry sweetness really dominates. A little caramel is in the background and it fades away with good red fruit notes.
- He needs time to breathe. At first Sherrynoten hardly existent, alcohol only weak to smell, Acetonnote. After 10 minutes significantly more sherry.
He floats in the mouth without corners and edges, lies soft on the tongue with fine sherry flavors. As soon as he enters the pharynx, the alcohol is clearly noticeable and wipes away the soft and gentle. Too bad.
Croutons, toasted bread, medicated crispness, gunpowder glue, glue on toast, spring flower, slightly musty (wet children's bicycle clothes) sherry aroma, but still very good aroma, alcohol barely noticeable.
With more air: more sherry. Very clearly. salty butter caramel (caramel au beur salé). With more air around classes better. The adhesive is gone. Alcohol comes with time. Nose rounder than the finish.
Soft, smooth, smooth, alcohol creeps over your tongue, creeps overcast in November rain, light smoky, Black Forest ham - very back of the throat - late.
Very nice taste the bottom line. With more air but sharply sharpening.
Medium-length finish, becoming drier, remains fruity, dark chocolate (cocoa 70% +), bicycle frame at the very end (medical, metallic). Alcohol comes to the fore again. When it gets sharper, the very elegant of the whisky takes something away. In the end, with more air, vanilliger. The metallic becomes more broccoli than idea.
Three drops of water take the stinging almost completely away. The slightly metallic remains.
- Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Characteristic Arran fruitiness (think pineapple and grapefruit), playing well with raisin and chocolate notes from the cask.
Palate: Cloudy lemonade, sandalwood, sultana, gingerbread and stroopwafel.
Finish: Enjoyably malty, with hints of candied ginger lasting.