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Arran 1996 CA

Overall rating
88.78/100
votes
11
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Strength
49.6 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
13 Feb 2019 7:58 pm by Zinni
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 136,00

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Newbie MrWestCoast
91
Expert Senior Gummikuh
90
Expert Junior zc19920502
90
Expert Senior Eneloop2009
89
Member Senior Cask Is King
89
Connoisseur hs305
89
Connoisseur ARDBERG
89
Member Senior Smile99
88
Expert Junior man2392
88
Expert Senior sharky-san
87
Expert Junior TechnOBY
85

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 1996 CA

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.78 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] The new Cadenhead spring release is out and they declared this Arran to a "Tropical fruit bomb!" (see back label)...

    ...and indeed, it is (at least in the nose)! It offers a fine Traditional Scotch nose but a rather modern style taste profile with dominant cask impact. Luckily, reducing this dram with a little water helps to restore a balanced taste and finish (but both are no fruit bombs compared to the nose, nonetheless delicious to sip).
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is amber and the nose offers a lush fruity profile on all kinds of exotic and home-grown fruits with a sweet vanilla-toffee topping. This is really delicious and a truly old stylish Traditional Scotch nose. Later honeys, waxes and spices join in and create an adorable fresh fruit salad profile without any off-note or imbalance. I like it!
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is very sweet with more molten sugars and less (but still significant) fruits within a stronger wooden setting. This profile is a rather modern one with lots of cask influence that turn the taste a little bitter (tannins at work) but it never gets too unpleasantly. The toffee notes grow stronger over time and later some milk chocolatey and coffee flavours join in. It is neither as complex nor as delicious as was the nose but still this tastes very fine, no doubt. There are just a little too much bitter wooden notes (for my taste buds only, modern style lovers might rather enjoy these).
    • Finish
      89 89
      The dram arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and dries out a little bit on the tannins towards the end. Again, this is not unpleasant but I prefer less wooden notes, to be honest. Water releases more waxes and fine oily aromas in the nose and smoothes the taste through a great deal of reducing the bitter wooden flavours - the dram reaches a better balance this way (I suggest a minor reduction to about 43% abv). This is good for two points on my taste buds - so nose it neat and drink it reduced...

  2. TechnOBY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
      a Little fruity, but not very much.
    • Taste
      86 86
      as week the nose, as much intensive fruity is the initial taste!
      Alc is ver good integrated
    • Finish
      86 86
      very long and intensiv

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