Arran 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
28 Feb 2019 5:47 pm by Malzbrenner

Average value

€ 117.89

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 18-year-old

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.17 points

  1. penumbra scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Arran's Shirley barrels should be very distinctive, but it is a pity that they are mixed with some crude and low-year new wines, and it also reduces the original fat and fat wine body. Pre-adjusted fruity cocktails.
    • Nose
      Arran's iconic creamed golden apricots, with a huge sugar content, mixed with a sense of cocktail. Very young yellow fruits, citrus, lemon, pineapple, yellow peach, with a small amount of sweet and sour flavor inside. Milky fragrance, rich pollen, honey, scent of bags, a little freshener (cucumber, very little salt), and finally converted to raw almonds (bitter), fresh wood, raw dough and 45% chocolate .

      The fragrance is rich and unrestrained, but it has a sense of alcohol that is not of this age and is younger.
    • Taste
      Ginger, high sugar, tropical fruit drink, apple, citrus. Compared with the smell, the cheese smell is reduced, leaving only milk and honey, and at the end it turns into almonds, herbs and oak.

      Full, fat is acceptable, sweet, acid-free, tannin-free, slightly astringent, with little bitterness, and no spiciness.
    • Finish
      Medium, residual tea, bitter almonds, woody aroma and light fruit.

  2. whisky_knight scored this whisky 68 points Member Senior

    I liked this more than the Arran Amarone Cask. This Arran 18 Year Old shows more of the distillery’s character, the overall taste reminded me of a solid Speyside whisky. But it also tasted like something younger than an 18 Year bottle; it felt a bit unbalanced on the palate, and the oak notes were stronger than I would’ve liked or expected here.
    • Nose
      68 68
      Apricots, barely ripe peaches, honey sweetness.
    • Taste
      71 71
      Sweet vanilla & caramel, salted caramel, the ABV shows up rather quickly (even at 46%) it feels a bit unbalanced, prickly ginger. Apricots, more ginger, oak, dark chocolate bitterness. The oak is rather pronounced.
    • Finish
      66 66
      Short-to-medium finish, Dark chocolate, woodiness, over-steeped tea finish.

  3. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    N: Though seemingly an all-sherry malt, due to plenty of refill cask maturation at play this isn’t a bomb as first expected. One could spend hours on a nose like this, one I find this far more complex than when I first tried it in 2019 [WLP]. Smelling like an old soft-aged sherried [30yo] Bunna, the colour of this spirit reflects all those rich [“lush” says Mariella] stewed honeyed vegetal waxy fruits brought on by 16+ years in refill casks with a [9 month approx.] finish in first-fill oloroso wood. Out of interest, the 21yo is [currently] all made up from 1998-vintage refill casks. Overall, this 18yo offers up a dreamy nose.

    T&F: Less sublime/more jobbing on the palate than the nose, but still with plenty to admire: form, mouthfeel, colour,… and that vegetal waxy aspect from the nose remaining true. A little water is recommended and encourages the toasted character to shine through. Later, we’ve [more] vegetal > sweet~bitter cocoa~vanilla, still with plenty of fruit action all over the place, a metallic edge, and just a touch of heat. With this one's age showing at the end, it’s a testament to the blender – a feature throughout this flight – that the spirit is never overwhelmed/over-shadowed by the casks. We finish with a honeyed/caramel melon sweetness with a kale-like vegetal aspect.

    C: Accomplished and characterful whisky from a relatively new & small company selling some of its oldest stock. At £86, this is a very fair and competitively priced 18yo in the current climate. It’s easy to imagine that Arran will continue to go from strength to strength as further decades roll on.

  5. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. El Bastardo scored this whisky 60 points Member Senior

    Solid and very drinkable. Almost too good. An 18 should be and remain a pure pleasure drop. You shouldn't even think that you could really lose a lot of it. Somehow it is already too drinkable and socially acceptable, almost "mainstream".
    That doesn't make him bad now, on the contrary, but also not really with much profound personality.
    • Nose
      Dominantly sweet. Primarily sugar-sweet, only then in the later course it also becomes a little fruity-sweet. If you have survived the dominant sugar wall and your nose has gotten used to the smell, the first oak bitter notes come towards you. Aromatic mild and not spicy and unpleasant. In addition, subtle vanilla tones.
    • Taste
      Bitter at first. Such a mixture of oak and cocoa (chocolate). Then the sweet notes kicked in. From then on there is an interplay between bitter and sweet. With the second sip it also gets a bit sour.
    • Finish
      Slightly bitter, slightly sour.

  8. APW scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    Creamy, hints of almonds and medium finish.

  9. Expraesi scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. TsiAI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 24 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: Golden

    Smell Nose: Honey, a little sulfur, a little interference with the sense of alcohol. Hearty yellow peach meat, mango meat, banana melon puree, cucumber skin, a little fruit vinegar, popcorn cheesecake, golden oatmeal, rich wheat flavor, biscuits soaked in milk, a little yeast dough. As time goes on, the dry wheat, cheese and honeydew aromas are integrated, coordinated and have a certain sense of hierarchy.

    Taste Palate: At first it was all kinds of fruits, honeydew melon, yellow peach, peach mousse, orange soda, pineapple, fig. The central woody aroma is magnified, cheese, fallen leaves and dead branches. Sweet and sour kiwifruit appeared in the back section, with a little shredded tobacco, leather, and dust at the end. Palate is very impactful

    Finish: Finish, long, European bag, dried wheat flavor, dried fruit, bear biscuits, citrus fudge

    Body: Medium weight, tannin, more condensed and strong, hardly detectable

    Nose: 88/100

    Palate: 88/100

    Finish: 87/100

    Body: 88/100

    Overall: 88/100

    Overall: If Shirley barrels can be made like this, is it not a trivial matter?


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