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Overall rating
85.85/100
votes
29
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
van Wees (vW)
Bottling serie
The Ultimate - Cask Strength
Vintage
27.03.2008
Bottled
23.07.2018
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel
Casknumber
08/60
Number of bottles
239
Strength
57.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
18 Aug 2018 4:51 pm by CeesButs
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 50,95

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29 × member ratings

71 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 2008 vW

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.85 points

  1. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This is not directly an easy reconizable Arran. Sweet and fruity but it’s quite thick/heavy bodied. Normaly in my experience the Arran character is lighter and more fresh. Despite of the high alcohol, i find the alcohol not that dominating when drunk neat. Some water does open it up more. I don’t really find new flavors but it gets more intense. It is really a very pleasant version of Arran!
    • Nose
      Quite a sweet, refined, gentle nose. It’s a rather thick nose for a younger Arran. I like it! There is a clear young/grassy/hay-ish note but also a layer of depth behind that. It feels a little closed though. Vanilla ice cream, chocolate cookies and sweet, light sour candy.
    • Taste
      Creamy, pleasant, gentle and again quite thick bodied. Alcohol isn’t that dominating as the ABV might would expect it to do. Hay, sweet lightly charred wood, licorice and a hint of clove.
    • Finish
      Dry, medium length. Finish is rather simple. This might be due to a shorter maturation combined with a light orientated style of spirit. Clove comes back at the end.

  2. Sandman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Melon, lemon, creme brulee, honey, cinnamon and apricot.
    • Taste
      Greasy, honey, creme brulee, apricot, melon, apple, cinnamon, oak, little almonds and lemon.
    • Finish
      Medium-length, creme brulee, almonds, lemon peel, oak, cinnamon and apple.

  3. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Nice and thick vanilla and toffee. Some honey notes, but not very 'bright'. I like this style. It reminds me of a little nice spring morning on the forrest/hay fields. It probably will open up more with a drop of water. Indeed with water it opens up. There is less roughness and the smell is more prolonged.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet! Marshmellows! But the alcohol is rather sharp. It evolves a bit with some sweet and sour sweets and quite a lot of canned fruit syrup. With water you get the same, but it get's a bit ruined by some bitter notes.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long length. It is rather nice! There is quite some vanilla and cream sweetness. And a lot of syrup from canned fruits. With water the length shortens but the taste stays rather similar.

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. hans1971 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Erik1908 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    85 Points. vW does not often gets the best barrels. On a good day it might increase to 86.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose does not promise too much. A bit weak.
      Fruit and vanilla.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Taste is better then the nose. Again fruit. Strong; not surprising with this high abv.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium to long

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nice whisky, sweet and fruity with a strong character. Very good value-for-money
    • Nose
      87 87
      Pretty full, fruity, ripe bananas, prunes, peaches. Sweet as well, vanilla, bananacake
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very strong and intense, peppers, fruity again: peach, tropical fruit. Also vanilla sweet. Very full flavour.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Still some peppers, warmy, sweet, candy-like. Peach sweets. Long finish, wit again some tropical fruits coming through.

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