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Arran 21-year-old

Overall rating
88.28/100
votes
187
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
21.11.2018
Stated Age
21 years old
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 21 11 18
Barcode
5060044483530
Added on
07 Dec 2018 11:49 am by ctu
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 161,88

71 × in wishlist

187 × member ratings

528 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 21-year-old

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.28 points

  1. LeChiffre scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful voluminous and powerful single malt with complex aromas. Nose and taste are a dream. The finish is quite appealing. Absolute buy recommendation!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweet; dark chocolate; slight hint of citrus fruit; spicy
    • Taste
      90 90
      oily and voluminous in the mouth; fruity sweetness; Grapefruit; Ginger; ripe fruits (free, plums); chocolate notes; very complex
    • Finish
      89 89
      warming and strong; very spicy; Sweetness increasingly turning into slightly bitter oak flavors; nutty

  2. Arjo S scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Missing some complexity, for me the 18 suits better, also more BFYB.

  3. AlexBonoGreen scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Arran 21 yo - my dislike for Arran turns to Love in my eyes! A very bright molt, a mixt of barrels running along the two flanks, and one feels that the barrels are fresh. Very good!
    • Nose
      Lovely sherry-chocolate profile! Velvet barrel, soft ripe tannins, dried fruits, ripe pears, candied fruits, toffee, plum jam, sponge cake with lemon! Great!
    • Taste
      Hot wave, sweet wave of ripe fruit, melon, pears, ripe apples, a lot of tannins, cocoa, fruit paste, sherry in all its glory!
    • Finish
      Velvet woody plum chocolate aftertaste. Simply, concisely ... Simply brilliant!

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Another step up from the 18, as it should be.
    • Nose
      Peach, apple, almond, honey, vanilla and a little peanut butter.
    • Taste
      Honey, cashew, peach, apple and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Honey, cashew, apple and peach.

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Oh my what an Arran! The distillery easily convinces me that it can produce high quality stuff, but I've not yet found a single total winner among the ones I've tried. If this isn't it, then at least it's as close as I've ever been. A stunning OB 21 for this day and age. I wish it was available at cask strength or 50%.
    • Nose
      The thing that hits me most is that gentle yet firm highland barky peat, with a smokiness missing all those fishier notes from some of the other islands. It's simple but instantly likable, with this mixed juice fruitiness around it, and a fair bit of raw sugar (not a bad thing mind you, since it isn't actual sugar) and some caramel.
    • Taste
      Oh. Wow. Okay, so find me a better 2010s 21yo OB. I dare you. Well, Highland Park maybe... just maybe. This cocktail of fudge, faint smoke, and an odd mix of fruitiness that has a sour edge (think grape skins and green grapes) to it is just delicious.
    • Finish
      Otherwise as the mouth except at the end some fresh ginger creeps in.

  7. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Still lacking in complexity, even from a fresh bottle. 83 remains, open or open oxidised for a month.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Rather reserved. No complexity. 14 is still better.

    Very similar to the 18, funny how 3 years later and it's a mirror image of its past.

  10. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    20 21 21 20 82

    quite closed, which looks like 18, it takes a lot of time, which does not happen much ...

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