Arran 21-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 21 11 18
Added on
07 Dec 2018 11:49 am by ctu

Average value

€ 146.24

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 21-year-old

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.15 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. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice Arran. I like it. Not dark fruit, but lighter in character. In addition beautiful and lively wood notes.
    • Nose
      Peach (more peel than pulp). Pear juice. Maybe a little dried mango. Flowerhoney. A little nougat. Plus fresh wood. A freshness that is reminiscent of citrus fruits.
    • Taste
      Nice creamy and full kick. Orange blossom honey. Peach again. But now more pulp than skin. Now a pleasant tingle, which I often have with Arrans. A mixture of wood and shower sticks.
    • Finish
      Chocolate with pieces of orange. Pear dish. Tree sap.

  3. Bam scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Complex and wonderfully balanced. Fresh and set at the same time, strong, dark oak notes and light fruits.
    • Nose
      It starts with a wonderful citrus note with limes and oranges, plus a hint of furniture polish. Mint chocolate and green apples are added, as well as a light salty note. Cinnamon, hazelnuts and nougat slowly rise. Carried by a mixture of vanilla and oak.
    • Taste
      Strong start, oily silky mouthfeel. Lemon, and a mix of light fruits, apricots, pear and apple. Dark honey, a lot of caramel, a little mint. One comes with a light tingle and Christmas spices, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. At the same time strong, dark oak with espresso and roasted hazelnuts, and a fresh note of mint and limes.

  4. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Compared to the 18 year old, the three year old is an increase again. He needs some time and patience in the glass. But then he presents a really nice nose! Strong in the mouth with a nice interplay between a pleasant fruity blossom honey sweetness and a surprising spiciness that causes a tingling on the tongue. I also really liked what I had from Arran. The 21y makes no difference here. It is a nice end to the core range.
    • Nose
      The 21-year-old Arran presents himself in the glass with a color reminiscent of a dark ocher. Surprisingly bright for 21 years.
      At the beginning, behave a bit in the glass - light freshness on the nose - I give him a few minutes of rest. Then the whisky wakes up and offers a great bouquet in the nose!
      The basis in the nose is the Arran style that is typical of me, with ripe lemons, with tropical fruit and oranges. There is a very nice floral honey note and spiciness. And there could also be a few pieces of milk chocolate in this mix. The oldest Arran from the Core Range cannot and will not deny the 21 years in oak barrels.
    • Taste
      Nice fine honey sweetness, not too sweet, rather fruity sweet in the first attempt. It moves wonderfully oily in the mouth. Then I get a tingling spiciness - almost a little pepper, which plays nicely with the sweetness. Nice and strong in the mouth. This liveliness is typical of Arrans for me. The 46% are not really felt in the nose or mouth. I have less Sherry notes here.
    • Finish
      Ah! Now there are a few sherry shades. Nice! The spices are now shifting more clearly towards cinnamon and nutmeg. The oak is now noticeable towards the end. For 21 years but rather less pushy than you might think. The oak remains in the mouth at least for a medium length and makes you want a little Italian espresso.

  5. 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!

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Arjo S scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    For 21 years and 46% very robust. Needs a lot of time in the glass, better than the 18 year old original bottling and also the 14 year old. But now no complexity grenade. Typical case of a malt that satisfies me but that I no longer need. Tasty, but far too expensive for what he can. Only just under 88 points.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very clynelishesk & bourbon cask-like: honey, flint sparks, pineapple, salt spray on rocks, and so a tiny bit of sulfur mixed with citrus fruits.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Creamy and supple in the mouth, then candied ginger and lemon curd are added. Salt almond chocolate and waxy notes. Here he knows how to score.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Relatively inconspicuous, sparsely sugared grapefruit increasingly sneak in, otherwise rather unspectacular.

  9. 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.

  10. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very nice Arran with lots to like. The sherry casks are PX dominant, which is less my preference, as I prefer the drier Oloroso. Lots of great distillate character still - honey, grassy barley sugar, vanilla, coconut, macadamia, then nice fruits (kiwi, peach, apple, green banana)


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