Arran 1997

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
21 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
55.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Green Welly Stop Exclusive
Added on
22 Oct 2018 5:29 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 190.93

5 × in wishlist

24 × member ratings

73 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 1997

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.76 points

  1. Bomshanka scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    A single cask 21 year old Arran at 55.3% ABV from a sherry butt. Distinctly Arran, but with some nice punch and maturity, especially on the nose that deserves a fair while in the glass and a bit of water. At the offer price of 99£ its not a half bad buy either.
    • Nose
      91 91
      First off you'll get the Arran distillate profile (Arran 14), the angular, bready, sweet and sour, fruity elements but in a soft and warm overcoat which is probably the sherry and the age talking. After about 15 min in the glass berries start to appear. First strawberry, then raspberry into blackberry. Then some old leather, varnished dark furniture, but still with some springy fresh elements. Very pleasant and quite complex.
      With water: Leather is more prominent now into fresh berries.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Ripe fruit and dark and red berries doused in lime juice and cracked pepper. A little hot undilluted despite its age. Minty and even menthol appears along with oak and some ripe cheese.
      With water: More balanced and a little sweeter and less spicy
    • Finish
      88 88
      Slowly disappearing on oaky and spicy notes. A little tingling almost on chili with some citric spikes. Medium in length

  2. the_muskox scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A classic and very tasty Arran. I’ve never really identified that sherbet-y note that the really experienced whisky people talk about before, but I’ve found it in droves here. There’s a bit of a clash between some of the darker notes and the bright sweet fruit, which gives the whisky a bit of a weird two-faced quality. Nothing too distracting, though.

    Nose: Sweet and fizzy. Guava jelly on challah toast, rainbow sherbet, bananas, strawberry ice cream, and flowers. Deeper notes of cooked sugar, old leather, rosemary, chocolate fudge. Some wintergreen, sea salt, and mineral water.

    Palate: Medium-silky texture, with a bit of heat. Strong arrival with fresh fruit (peaches, coconut, kiwi) and golden syrup. Rich browned butter and roasted almonds on the development, turning to cooked sugar, chocolate liqueur and honeycomb. Orange sherbet and ginger, on the back end.

    Finish: Medium-long. Fruit salad, brown sugar, coconut, sunflower seeds, grass, and chocolate liqueur. Watermelon on a summer day in the park

  3. Dronach_Aficionado scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    This dram is utterly disgusting in every imaginable way. Shame on you Arran for passing on something like this as a Single Cask! When I think about it even 75 is way too much of a score for this. I have to really laugh about people that score this a 85 or even 90.
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  4. Teresa scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Vallado scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. zapl scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    I think this is very nice.

    It shows a lovely balance of fruit characteristics (more tropical - banana, pineapple, passionfruit) that I associate with good Arran malt.

    The highlight though is a well-integrated & very pleasant sherry influence (just enough clove, raisin, and walnut) that complements the earlier bourbon influence (that I think tends to flatter the Arran spirit anyway).

    I've scored this fairly high because:
    - it is very good
    - the scores on a lot of these pages tend to be conservative anyway
    - some of the other (earlier) reviews are just weird


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