Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
22 years old
49.6 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
13 Feb 2019 7:05 pm by Zinni
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 136,00

7 × in wishlist

38 × member ratings

49 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 1996 CA

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.60 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. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Not too complex but pleasant, well matured Arran. 88/89.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Floral. Waxy fruits, vanilla, honey, caramel and touch of mint.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Powerful. Honeyed fruits, tannic oak, cocoa, citruses, pepper and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length, spicy, oaky.

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tropical fruit bomb dud. Some fruit in the nose but certainly not an explosion of any kind. Lots of creme brulee on the palate with a medium slightly bitter finish. However, I expected more after reading the official tasting notes.

  4. TechnOBY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • 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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