Arran The Marsala Cask Finish

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Finishes
Marsala Cask Finish
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 20 07 18 / L 23 07 18
Added on
11 Aug 2018 6:49 pm by Avazo37

Average value

€ 59.91

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Whisky Reviews for Arran The Marsala Cask Finish

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.94 points

  1. BeatF scored this whisky 82 points Moderator

    NAS, Limited Edition 2018, although there are still many bottles on the market today. Not completely convincing finishing: too young raw material, not very complex. For the price, however, you get an interesting, good-draining and in my opinion not overpriced product.
    • Nose
      Barley, light oak, vanilla, vanilla, slightly nutty, fruit (orange / tangerine). Where is the Marsala?
    • Taste
      strong appearance thanks to its alcohol content: orange peels over everything, something vinous one could now interpret into it
    • Finish
      but now, in addition to the very dominant orange peel, the proportion of wine comes a little better to the fore; Vanilla and caramel. But the whole thing quite bitter. Stop: The meeting place of fine spirits finds no bitterness here ... The taste buds are so different and subjective on the tongue; or are there even different batches of the strictly limited edition?

  2. rabbitnose scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Vanilla sweet apple spice not impressive

    Light spice sweet

    Spicy on tounge get oiliu and thick candy dark fruit sweet

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur


    I have tried many Arran with a finish, but had not tasted this one yet. So, Benny, thanks a lot for providing the sample of this Arran finished on a Marsala cask. Marsala is an Italian fortified wine made in the vicinity of the eponymous city in the western part of Sicily. I am curious as how it influenced this Arran.

    Soft and sweet nose on farmer’s butter, raisins and blueberries with a hint of hazelnuts and milk chocolate…. But somewhat closed, honestly. Not very outspoken, actually. And blind I would never have guessed this was Arran (not that this is a must, mind you).

    Soft on the palate, but immediately sweet and sour with the emphasis on the latter. Acid candy, cinnamon, hint of red fruit but just a tad too much tannins to my taste, making it dry and mildly bitter. Soft spices like pepper and cinnamon. Hint of dark honey and baked apples, although they struggle to shine through.

    Intense and alcoholic finish on woodspices that completely push away the sweetness.

    Not a happy finish in my book. Not even 50 EUR, but I can buy much better Arran for the same money. Thank you, Benny.

  4. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A lovely arran cask finish expression with a great Scottish mist appearing inside the glass.
    • Nose
      A very nice and sweet nose! Lots of sweet & spiced flavors. There is quite some young spirity influence but not disturbing at all. Also there is quite some warm, sweet fruits and a nice layer of old, whisky soaked, oak. Spiced honey, canned pineapple, fresh apple and apple compote. Spices like mild nutmeg and paprika powder
    • Taste
      Warming, soft, sweet and a wee dry. Full of sweet flavored ripe fruits. I love this mouthfeel. Mild spices again, but also aged wood. Sometimes you run into a whisky that is completely your cup of tea. This is one of those examples for me. I love it!
    • Finish
      Medium length. Fruity, spicy and oaky. It is in the same direction as the flavors mentioned before. It might not be surprising or ‘special’ but it is very good in what it does. The Marsala cask finish never gets dominant but truly adds something to the whole and makes a fine experience. When this bottle is finished, I will try to get another.

      This one goes very well with a mildly spiced cigar btw :)

  5. Teomarg scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  6. MY MALTS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very pleasant, the sweetness of the Marsala cask comes into its own ...
    In the nose sweet white wine spirit, somehow I imagine that it tingles too ...
    On the palate it looks full, but not syrupy ...
    The 50 revolutions can also be endured without water ...
    With water (about 2ml. To 1cl. Whisky) it became thin very quickly and the sweetness was pale ...
    So the first cl. Without water was definitely better ...
    Let's see how the Marsala Cask develops ...

  7. Marcel74 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    50% ABV tasty ..
    • Nose
      Vanilla, caramel, oranges, fruity
    • Taste
      Sweet, oak, dark fruit, light ginger, candies (toffee) apple, fruity
    • Finish
      nice and full and intense, sweet, toasted oak, apples

  8. Derufus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  9. jlmr scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    fantastic finish!
    adds a little sweetness and fruitiness to the classic Arran.
    in my top 10 of all whisky's i tasted ever...

  10. Ninofdram scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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


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