Arran 2006 - The Man With The Golden Glass

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Master of Distilling - James MacTaggart
Stated Age
12 years old
Palo Cortado Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
51.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
27 Jun 2019 2:44 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 77.34

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 2006 - The Man With The Golden Glass

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.86 points

  1. DerDennis! scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very strong and complex whisky, both in the smell, as well as on the palate. Great long finish.
    In my opinion the alcohol inhibits the whisky a bit. With water he opens up more, overall it gets milder and for me even better.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sour, fermented grapes, nutty, malt, nutmeg, oranges, furniture polish, coffee powder, old kitchen cabinet, white pepper, cinnamon
    • Taste
      89 89
      very strong, light sweetness, slightly hot, tannins, malt, oily, white pepper, subtle citrus notes, getting dry, slightly bitter, wild honey, lemon balm, mint tea
    • Finish
      90 90
      long, malty, mint and honey, very pleasant barrel

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 51 points Connoisseur

    No idea what people are tasting when they post their reviews, but to me this is completely unpalatable. Tried it three separate times over the course of several months, and each time it's the same: a nice enough nose but then a disgusting, moldy wood / sour cask note on the palate that just won't go away. Mold, rot, decay, fungus, cork (TCA / TCB)... My guess is that some rotting / spoilt sherry casks snuck their way into the vatting. Yuck.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      49 49
    • Finish
      19 19

  3. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Arran with a difference. With him here you shouldn't be afraid of contact with regard to muff and mold. Not a "daily dram", but it always brings variety in the glass.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Appears dark and mossy. Moist forest floor, mushrooms. In the distance, wild berries, blackberries, black currants: all in the fermented state. A hint of dark chocolate, sugar candy, sugar beet syrup. An exciting and demanding nose that makes you want more.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The nose blends seamlessly into the taste. Quite full start with a musty basement, damp forest floor, mushrooms, maybe a little cork. Now, after the first sip, once again taken a nose, spices appear that were previously not noticeable there and which cannot be found on the tongue in this conciseness. Exciting. Less fruit than in the nose, but coffee beans, caramel and grated almonds.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Not too long finish. Dry, musty, slightly musty and with a hint of cork.

  4. kane112 scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      clean, sweet and fairly malty. It does show some of the Palo Cortado characteristics。
    • Taste
      89 89
      sweet to bittersweet, still some grape skin alongside cloves, pepperand apples. Orange zest. Dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      91 91
      some honey sweetness, but the zestiness of grapefruit is much bigger.Style very Arran。。

  5. Ganga scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    Group hated this whisky. I can't even put up the phrases used. Let's just say that this would have been better from a bourbon cask.

  6. LeChiffre scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Overall, a good malt. For my taste but minimal to sour-bitter and to present musty note of fermented fruits. Good, but the sample is enough.
    • Nose
      84 84
      sweet and sour fruity; Citrus notes; Orange; fermented grapes; Heather honey; fresh; Alcohol easily noticeable
    • Taste
      83 83
      strong; oily; citrus; malty; sour fruity; slightly bitter; fermented fruit; getting dry
    • Finish
      83 83
      slightly dry; spicy; slightly peppery; some citrus remains; pleasant oak; nutty touch remains

  7. Bam scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Anyone who likes trail mix and nougat can not miss the whisky. Very strong and harmonious aromas. A few drops of water are good for him.
    • Nose
      A nice mix of different nuts and raisins makes me immediately think of trail mix. In addition I have dried dates, red and white grapes, and a white wine aroma, dry and slightly sour. Then a very spicy oak aroma spreads, accompanied by some lemon abrasion, which gives the nose a certain freshness, also a slight maritime touch contributes to it. The nose is worn by. A mix of vanilla and forest honey. The alcohol does not bother, but is still not perfectly integrated.
    • Taste
      Strong onset, oily mouthfeel. The lemon makes the beginning, then the nuts and raisins, again the Studenfenfutter. The oak comes, spicy / peppery and very pleasant. And mix with the nuts to sweet nougat. Again, the alcohol is not optimally involved.
    • Finish
      Medium. The nuts are very strong in the finish and together with the very pleasant oak again strong, dark nougat. The citrus notes and raisins continue to be present.

  8. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    I guess anything that is not core range can be called "limited edition" but with 12.000 bottles it seems to be stretching the term. Still they would have had to have struck quite a deal on these rather rare Palo Cortado casks.
    What ever they forked out for these casks it paid out in the final product.
    • Nose
      88 88
      First impression is "solid" and potent, yet with well integrated alc.
      Sour yeast and fermenting wine notes.
      Quite complex.
      Raspberry and red currant. Some nuts and some chocolate. Citrus and sweet fruit, it's all well mixed and hard to pin point.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Thick creamy texture on arrival.
      Not much build up of spice as it starts on a high note.
      A little wood (very nice quality wood), a little nutty.
      I only have a sample and I will not risk spoiling this by adding water.
    • Finish
      95 95
      This is nice.
      It's not dry, it's not bitter, it's hot but not overly spicy, it's just very tasty. It's got the after taste of a whole meal; meat, potatoes and a creamy brown sauce. I love this as it slowly fades. Rarely do I find a finish so pleasing.

  9. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. ConvalRen scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    All that hype for another Palo Cortado cask scotch, yet it fell so hard.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Fermented mash, sour wine gone bad. Nail polish. Urine after eating asparagus.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Coffee, lemon, orange, subtle pepper. An unripened mango, stringy and astringent. Wine gone stale. Very metallic like. Some bits of sediment not from the cork but the liquid itself, like grit giving off an unclean impression.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Dry and short. Nutty and full of oak.


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