Arran 1997 HL

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Hunter Laing (HL)
Bottling serie
The Old Malt Cask - 20th Anniversary
Stated Age
21 years old
Sherry Butt
HL 17075
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 nov 2018 9:05 pm by virus154
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 150.45

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Whisky reviews for Arran 1997 HL

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.27 points.

  1. cloudyweedram scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A flawless dram, one that doesn't go downhill. This is remarkable. Rich, elegant and thick. With a long, nice finish.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The nose started with lot of bergamot and thick with wood shave. There's a little red berry underneath, infused with cream and brown sugar. There's a little savory note too. With time, sweet tangerine appeared, and icing sugar. Butterscotch also appeared. hint of sandalwood makes it very rich and elegant.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The mouthfeel is pleasantly thick. There's the juicy sweet orange and a little milk chocolate. Chew it and appeared the green grape, and blackcurrant, which is very nice. Not a single off note was found in the palate
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is quite long. The blackcurrant lingered, which is splendid! If not the little resin-y aftertaste, it would score higher.

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  3. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant, quite varied and balanced, but not yet fully formed whisky, so there is no particular complexity and finesse here, on the other hand there are no shortcomings, one can quite imagine this release aged for another 15 years in the ranks of the major leagues.
    • Nose
      Open, wet, spicy wood, furniture varnish, toffees, fondant, juicy and dense, but somehow very young, not fully formed, about some shades and halftones, there is not even a word yet, dried grapes, a little dust and cardboard, but within acceptable limits, nuts, baklava, leather goods, tobacco.
    • Taste
      Soft, rich, also very young and incomplete, tart woody notes, sweet creamy tones, dried fruits, dried apricots, raisins, tropical fruits, dried grapes, toffees, boiled condensed milk, leather goods.
    • Finish
      Tart, warming, oak, tobacco, furniture lacquer, creamy tones, tropical fruits, dried apricots, raisins, leather goods.

  4. Holzwurm scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. yfalkov scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Really great dram, very fruity, silky and creamy
    • Nose
      93 93
      Green apple, banana, vanilla, alpine flowers, creamy fudge
    • Taste
      91 91
      Creamy, silky, sweet
    • Finish
      89 89
      long, round, well-balanced

  6. sarthur71 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  7. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    In store sample.

    A very good, clean and active sherry cask that, as dram Dracula states, is faultless. Palate is exceptional, but finish is too sweet for my preference.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A simple, yet very engaging, faultless dram.
    • Nose
      Apples, pears, vanilla, creme brulee
    • Taste
      Dense and creamy, which is quite typical of many Arran, but the viscosity is amped up a bit here. Fruits galore, but not all of them truly ripe yet. Possibly a second sherry cask, and a very good one at that.
    • Finish
      No off-flavors at all, and no wood in the finish. Quite brilliant actually, but again, simple and not exactly a contemplative dram.


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