Arran 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.09/100
votes
108
Whiskybase ID
WB119643
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
2006
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Burgundy Cask
Number of bottles
750
Strength
53.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060044483325
Added on
21 oct 2018 1:34 pm by DIONYSUS2
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 99.90

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Whisky reviews for Arran 12-year-old

25 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.09 points.

  1. Tordeaux scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Lorion scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A strong but great whisky. Always happy in autumn or winter! 87 points.
    • Nose
      Strong nose, could be sherry if I had to name it blindly. Definitely full and vinous. Dark berries, chocolate, old wood.
    • Taste
      Sparkling, full, there is a lot of power behind it. Trail mix with wood splinters.
    • Finish
      Long and fruity with hints of chocolate.

  3. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. VEF206 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Schafranek scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Dark Sherry Alarm with an incredibly creamy sweetness! Even if this is not a dark sherry bottling, the base notes are very similar. Lush fruit, sweetness, leather, caramel, chocolate ... oh no matter, I'll treat myself to the leftover sample and enjoy the wonderfully sweet fruits and the creamy nature of this filling!

    23/22/22/23 (90P)
    • Nose
      Reddish rust with a silky sheen shines out of the Premium Snifter, on the glass wall many small "legs" detach from the oily sheer that formed immediately after panning. Dark and intense sherry rises, raisins mix with sour cherries and morello cherries, a minimal touch of furniture polish is in the air. A few crumbs of caramel and toffee, voluminous alcohol in the nose, hints of wet leather and nuances of tobacco, the nose sounds the alarm and increases the anticipation for the first sip! Strawberries and raspberries, chocolate with oranges, caramel drips on red grapes and black berries ...
    • Taste
      Creamy and extremely sweet, the first sip knows how to please. Tart currants and sour cherries play with strawberries and blackberries, a touch of dark chocolate with vineyard peaches and hazelnuts. Meadow herbs and floral hints, with a subtle spicy note, the alcohol tickles the tip of your tongue. Zest of oranges and grapefruit, zest of lemons, plus creamy caramel and toffee.
    • Finish
      Cozy warmth floods the palate, subtle spiciness tickles the tongue while sweet and sour fruit aromas play with each other. Caramel and dark chocolate, sour cherries and decaying citrus fruits. The aftertaste is long and voluminous in the memory.

  7. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    -Blind tasting-
    For me, mint is an indicator of wine barrel maturation or a wine barrel finish. The red shimmering color points in the same direction. Difficult to assess where it's coming from, it looks like the barrel did a decent job. Around 50%, 10 to 12 years.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The sweetness of hand-warm gummy bears. Over time, old, moldy wood, a cellar smell, wet leaves appear. Raisin bread, marjoram and chervil. Acacia honey. Appears thick, the aromas densely packed.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Kinder Em-eukal lies directly on the tongue. Cooling mint, accompanied by grapes, raisins, dried apricots. Cherry jam. Leather, roasted coffee beans.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The cherries from the tongue, mint, marjoram, chervil and candied apricot pieces. Sweet and dry, medium length.

  8. Dottore scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Burgundy barrel matured Arran ... Many have their problems with wine barrel aging, as the character of the respective whisky is often massively falsified. I'm curious what happens to an Arran in a wine barrel. In general, I'm a big fan of this still young distillery. I actually think the new facelift is a bit premature and had to get used to it, but now I like it a lot. This one still has the old logo. The Kupger color of the logo harmonizes perfectly with the color of the whisky. On the nose - clear - red wine, but not particularly penetrative. Nice wine and fruit notes, wet wood, tannins, clove, leather, strawberry, hazelnut, butter, orange and marzipan. I like the nose very much, no fermented, sulphurous-sourish notes. Also very voluminous, creamy, well-integrated alcohol in the mouth. Also here red wine, caramel, blackberry and roasted nuts. In the finish, the taste becomes more "red wine", the barrel is unmistakable here. Red wine tannins, some menthol freshness, candied ginger and slowly getting dry. I just like the overall composition very, very good. Apparently really excellent barrels were used here and without them being able to oxidize for too long. Arran and red wine - that fits almost perfectly here. Hopefully more batches will follow in this direction. 89 points

  9. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    blind
    • Nose
      Yes, sulfur, blackberries, cress on cotton wool, herbs, nuts, strawberries, honey, wood, a little cocoa powder, very light earth
    • Taste
      Honey, green apple, herbs, herbal candy, nutmeg, very dark chocolate, coffee, wood, nuts, pepper

  10. MickMatrix scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  11. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison between Arran 2006/2018 Small Batch Burgundy Cask 53.6% (WID: 119643) and Arran 2008/2018 Small Batch Tuscan Cask 58.6% (WID: 120849)

    The Burgundy shows forest berries and red groats on the nose. Sour cherries thickened with custard. Plus nice whisky fudge. Also a slight hint of sulfur.
    The Tuscan is a bit fresher and lighter overall. The fruits tend towards strawberries and raspberries. Cherry banana juice. I also have marzipan and floral notes.

    In principle, this continues in the mouth. The Burgundy is fuller and heavier in the mouth. The Tuscan is a bit more lively in comparison. The notes are similar to the nose, only slightly different. They are both a little bit sweeter in the mouth than in the nose, but the fruits are no longer so clearly definable and are now more interwoven. At Burgundy I also have some eraser and minimal gunpowder. With Tuscan I also have orange blossom honey. In addition, I hear a pleasant tingling in both, which I often have with Arrans. Even the oak doesn't look penetrating at all. Often, the wood notes on so young charged whiskys quickly look too clumsy and therefore unpleasant. This is not the case here.

    I really like both malts. Of course, these are fairly charged whiskys, but this does not have a fake or disturbing effect. Similar in design, but different in design. This is how I enjoy young, barrel-emphasized whiskys.

  12. Toto0808 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    delicious
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. Bam scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Incredibly concentrated berries and cherry aromas that dominate everything here.
    • Nose
      Very intense nose, an intense mix of red fruits and berries, concentrated and concentrated. Black Forest cake, marzipan, dark honey, dark chocolate. Old leather. A little blood orange and vanilla in the background keep the balance.
    • Taste
      Moderate start, oily mouthfeel. Boiled berries and cherries, dark caramel, marzipan. Then slowly a few hostel notes, grapefruit, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. These concentrated berries and cherry aromas, dark chocolate, blood orange are also on the finish.

  14. Matej71 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

  15. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Leather, old wood, pine needles, cress on cotton wool, blackberries, strawberries, nuts, a little bit of citrus - more in the direction of orange, nutmeg, grasses, little bit that really reminds of dry red wine
    • Taste
      Sweet, dark honey, strawberry, cherry, cherry yogurt, currants, herbs, lemon, even more cherries, nuts, dark chocolate, gets slightly dry in the mouth

  16. lincolnimp scored this whisky 60 points Connoisseur

    I don`t usually like wine finishes so I approached this with caution.
    I was right this is not my thing, it just does not taste like how a whisky should, end of.
    Not suited to my palate, the nose is ok , it is too spirity and thin on the palate for me.
    60 points overall
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      55 55
    • Finish
      60 60

  17. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A really nice whisky, if one stands on vollmundingen Weinfasseinfluss, then you are right here
    • Nose
      wow, starts directly intense and full of aromas, very fat, the barrel is very dominant here, intense cooked red fruits, cherry-raspberry-sude, nutty, light acidity of the fruit, one already thinks to chew, one has almost the feeling actually smelling of a red wine, in the background some malt, marzipan, after the first sip also clearly milk chocolate in the nose, the nuts are now also roasted, the nose is really very good
    • Taste
      oily, intense, wow, roasted nuts strike, even a little sulfur, creamy, strong acidity of the berries, I never had that intense, definitely raspberry, but totally concentrated, in addition to the nuts, so from Arran I find nothing more, although in the back something Florales comes through, nice
    • Finish
      Light acidity, some fennel, it is lighter and fresher, yes now shows the Arran his face, while chewing comes then again and again nut and raspberry again more clearly, pleasantly fading

  18. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    great part, ivh think that went to 100 ¬ that was appropriate, he lives extremely well from the good barrel in which he was - does not bother me, I would buy, I missed
    • Nose
      89 89
      beautiful Sherry nose, creamy berry cocktail, caramel, leather - very balanced - absolutely killed by sherry keg - I do not like Arran, here is nothing left of Arran in the nose
    • Taste
      87 87
      ostensibly a lot of delicious sherry barrel, berry jam and red groats from the very best. Later candied ginger, very warming, typical herbs and spices Arran oak, tree juice, wax, herbal tea with thyme - very yummy - nicely integrated alcohol - but already so Fassassig of the Arran almost nothing remains
    • Finish
      88 88
      warm, fruity, peppery but not alcoholic, slightly dry, very nice complex sherry front with red berries and orange peel - medium to long for his age great

  19. 88plus Bus did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    First, nice dark color.

    Nose - no alcohol stands out, very nice.

    Could smell it for hours. Smells like a good red wine and caramel.

    Taste - sch .... is the most delicious - googling right away - there is no more: banghead:

    Tastes of dark fruits, caramel and red wine again. Nice, longer finish

  20. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Massive Burgundy, but not exaggerated, a very well harmony with the young spry distillate.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Orange peel, rum walnut, chestnut puree, dried fruits, spicy wine, gunpowder and oak.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Powerful and spicy. Pepper. Dried fruits. Raspberry, strawberry and grape. Honey and caramel. Sulphur and phosphorus.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, oaky, spicy, fruity.

  22. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. BehindSpace scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    needs water imho
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  24. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful young island paint with strong red wine influence, but not too crass fails. He needs some time in the glass, but if you give him this, the Arran is really delicious. The finish is a bit weak, but all in all really great.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Strawberry cream sweets, oranges, galia melon, red apple, dark chocolate, cloves and cereals. The red wine comes through nicely. When the malt gets some time in the glass, it becomes increasingly sweeter and fuller. The alcohol is quite present but not unpleasant. I like it!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Wild strawberries, again the strawberry cream sweet ripe red grapes maybe even raisins, coffee, black pepper and again the clove. The citrus fruit I think again, but here rather than sugared lemon. There's some burnt out caramel and honey. Overall, rather dry on the tongue.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long with passing strawberry, baking cocoa, sweet wood and slightly mineral. Nice game between sweetness and intense tannins at the end.

  25. Eecvi scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

  26. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    no metallic notes or sharpness. a very smooth and balanced composition. performs as a fully-aged whisky.
    • Nose
      aromatic potpourri of wood, red fruits, ripe pears and slightly burned cotton candy.
    • Taste
      very sweet strawberry, doubtlessly strong pinot noir / red vine notes, silky barrique influence.
    • Finish
      fermented red grapes, liquorice, cotton candy, almonds, medium length with a dry finish at the end.

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