Arran Sherry Cask

Overall rating
85.03/100
votes
501
Whiskybase ID
WB138742
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Bodega
Bottled
20.08.2019
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Strength
55.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L20 08 19
Barcode
5060044483776
Added on
12 sep 2019 1:07 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 56.15

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Whisky reviews for Arran Sherry Cask

80 users have left 80 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.03 points.

  1. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose is powerfully sherried and harmonious with a profile of strong black tea, prunes, mint gum and milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is bittersweet, massive and spicy with notes of menthol, dark chocolate, caramel and dark dried fruits.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is medium to long, well-rounded and fades away slowly with milk chocolate, tannic wood and cloves.

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  3. ramyres scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    sweet wood, fruit, raisins, sherry (what else?)

  4. KyleRiemen scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Cherry, plum, pear, some lemon, smells more like a port and less like a sherry finish, but with the addition of a little water the sherry comes through more clearly.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Here the sherry comes out very strongly, especially with the addition of water, very spicy and warm aroma of dark fruits and chocolate.
      Could have spent a little longer in the barrel, the alcohol is only moderately integrated.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium-length, pleasant finish with a strong sherry aroma, very spicy and strong undiluted, but too weak diluted.

  5. Tomek scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: fruit compote, cherries, plums, pulpwood, fresh tobacco leaves
    Taste: gummies, dark chocolate, cherries in spirit, quite alcohol, paper
    Finish: bitterness, hard candy
    Rating: 2.5

  6. _Dziki_ scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Immediately you can feel sherry bomb, sweet, fruity.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Strong sherry hit, alcohol, however, noticeable quite strongly, marmalade, exotic spices, jelly, ginger.
    • Finish
      81 81
      A bit too peppery, quite alcoholic.

  7. gordontsang scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Arran scored high in my distillery list . The way they do whiskies , how they brand their products and even this Bodega is a 7 years old . One must admit they've done a great job .
    • Nose
      Delicate smell of grapes , raisins , figs , cherries , marshmallows . Note that this is not one of those sherry bombs . All just come in a subtle way .
    • Taste
      Pale oily touch , spice , pepper , dash of wood tannin with little sweetness , coffee and notes of chocolates , quite a balanced dram with nothing overpowers the other .
    • Finish
      Long warmth finish with minerals and a hint of tobacco or cigar rather . This one is a joy .

  8. Noname_Drinker scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    If I blind taste it, I will not able to tell whether this is a sherry cask whisky. There is a subtle sherry note during nosing, nothing more. Nevertheless, if the mood is right, this dram is good for weekend.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Light. Notes: Citrus, lemon, subtle sherry.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Complex and spicy. I can taste different notes one by one. Notes: Citrus, raisin, bread, cracker, sherry.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Short but pleasant. Feels like I just ate a plain bread with raisin.

      Sometimes a good finish does not need to be very complex.

  9. MaltMonkeyPetro scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. fnk scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very good molt for the money! I recommend In 20 years, I put 86 bottling, I will not regret it here and 87. Arranov spirits were nicely enriched with a sherry barrel, they didn't overdo it with sherry, great!

  11. Bartek_097 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Raisins, dates, stewed fruits, jam, chocolate, hazelnuts, berries, cinnamon, old furniture, tobacco. Water reveals orange citrus and fresher fruits. There is something slightly biscuity in there as well. Definitely sherry forward. Very tasty indeed.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  14. ldz794140310 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    A general whisky. The alcohol was heavy, and the sherry didn't smell much. I won't consider buying again next time.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sherry, stewed fruit, sour berries, jam, raisins,and mint
    • Taste
      80 80
      Not very pleasant spicy taste from the wood, milk chocolate, nuts
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium finish, ginger and wood dominate

  15. Finn2206 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Dried fruit explosion, give it some time and water and it will show you fruit, chocolate, a little oakiness and some nuttiness.

  16. Hsh scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Aran Sherry cs 3.9
    Crunchy Olorosso, Almonds Under-ripe, a little bit like Valentine's Bourbon 7
    Eh cs right? very dull
    has a sweet taste
    Alcohol stings your throat as you go back
    Slightly mint/slightly bitter

  17. WhiskyWitold scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  18. bankimate scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. hzs275 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  20. HW74 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Price / performance ratio fits.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. ZLako scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: strong sherry aromas, very very fresh though! Fresh fruits, berries, citrus. Hazelnuts, raisins, caramel.

    Taste: very very sweet, sherry a lot of sherry, caramel, fresh fruits but in the background some dark fruits also, hazelnut (diluted down to about 46-47%: citrus emerges, orange and some menthol)

    Finish: Medium/long, very sweet it becomes a bit dry but maintaines it's sweetness

    Very good whisky I would pick this over the Aberlour A'bunadh any day of the week!
    • Nose
      85 85
      sherry, fresh fruits, berries, citrus, hazelnuts, caramel, raisins
    • Taste
      89 89
      sherry, caramel, fresh fruits, dark fruits, hazelnut (citrus orange and menthol when diluted)
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium/long, very sweet

  22. Petitcham scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    a sweetness and not a hush, young, dusty

  23. KB201 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This arran is packed with flavor and lemony sweetness, delivering a smooth finish. A great whisky matured in first fill casks with an unbeatable value for money.

    The Bodega' has been part of the core range of the Arran island distillery since autumn 2019. Only casks from sherry wine cellars in Jerez, Spain were chosen for the single malt. The Bodega was then bottled at natural cask strength.

  24. Nazin scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    Full of poorly integrated alcohol, full of sugar.

  25. Holzwurm scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. Collegiate scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not a great Arran bottling. Hoped it would get better as it went along but time and air did nothing extra for it. Big cherry note and some spices followed by a pretty big alcohol burn on the finish. For some reason (perhaps a lack of proper aging) the whole comes across quite discordant. Things just never really mesh, even with the addition of water. Stick with Arran’s rock solid 10yo, or spend up and get the much better integrated 18yo sherry monster.

  27. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    N : first loads of caramel, actually very close to Don Papa and this is not a compliment. Hopefully it gets a bit over it, on hazelnuts and cereals. Dried figs too. Light dirtyness.

    M : sherry (yes), bittersweet. Again with that cheap caramel. Light tobacoo and coffee beans. Touch of lavender too. Better than the Quarter Cask at hiding its age.

    F : medium, still caramel but less fake than on the nose. Coffee. Lightly peppered.

    Very synthetic like its bourbon sibling and just as capable in terms of showcasing cask influence. I'd say it's also better engineered. But really not my cup of tea. At about 40€, above average 6/10.

  28. hafssol scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    An interesting combination of various elements, above the usual natural and light character of Arran’s malt: a young expression, cask strength and - definitely - a prominent sherry influence. No longer being a sherry bomb fan, this one finds a remarkable balance between the flavours carried by the casks and the powerful abv, without showing alcohol edges nor exceeding in fruity sweetness. Both features temper each other in a very pleasant way, mostly displaying warm spicy notes, obviously just rounded by the sherry influence and revealing some slightly bitter hints of oak and dark chocolate.
    A solid and fully rewarding malt, that can also meet the taste of those who usually don’t enjoy the result of sherry wood. Another very good trial from the (recently renewed) Arran range.

  29. Dutchdram scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Dried fruits like raisins and dates. And also fruits like figs and cherries. A hint of oranges aswell. It turns spicy now with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Raisins with a little hint of dates to start with. Oranges complement very good with dark chocolate. Next up a hint of christmas cake. Followed up by hints of cinnamon and cloves and at the end a hint of ginger.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long and very warm. Raisins keep lingering on with cinnamon and oak spices.

  30. elipszis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    For this money, it is a must have whisky.
    I love sherry
    • Nose
      89 89
      brown sugar
      sherry
      chocolate
      sweet cinnamon character
      vanilla
      mint
      leather
      orange peel
      salty
      (rum characteristic)
    • Taste
      89 89
      sweet and salty
      oily (bacause 55,8%) + dry (because of cinnamon pungency)
      chocolate
      liqueur
      sour cherry
    • Finish
      88 88
      sour sherry
      dried fruits
      sherry
      medium long

  31. greenkaktus scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  32. jykoo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Medium Intensity. Some geranium like flora note, sweet marmalade, honey, peach, raisin. Some watermelon, not the fresh watermelon is a bit more artificial like watermelon bubble gum.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Medium + intensity, a lot more sweetness with oily mouthfeel. Some oak, cedar wood.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The length is fine but rather simple and maybe empty. i would rate it as medium finish. Could only get the sweetness.

  33. JoachimV scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Definitely not a bad whisky for the price!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Red apples, apricot, dates, figs, raisins and gingerbread.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Figs, apricot, milk chocolate, raisins
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium, orange peel, raisins, a little bit dry.

  34. MLE scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  35. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Great Sherry Malt for a great price. My love for Arran started when I first had a dram of this goodness. If you still havent bought this, I'd recommend for the price/quality value alone.

    Hints of vanilla and dried fruit in the nose and a sherry and chocolate on the taste.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  36. neus007 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  37. tester1277 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

  38. kubi 1910 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    excellent sherry finish, very round on the palate, notes of red fruits, dry fruit spices, long in digestion, very dry palate and quite greedy. one of the top whisky

  39. Foudos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  40. robinho scored this whisky 81 points Newbie

    Nice soft whisky, but its not for beginners. You van taste the sweetness of the cherry.

  41. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/01/20/swag-whats-in-your-cupboard-december-2020/

    N: Comes across as rather obviously/blatantly sherried at first, but not so. Given time, it’s far more subtlety sherried with wax capacitors into citrusy [PX-ey?] raisins – an Arran clue there – cello-tape and Airfix glue in the background, red fruits, red apples, fusty fermented/drying leathery umami,… plenty here,…[no sulphur],… needs exploring.

    T: Well made whisky with ‘more oloroso over >> PXey Arran‘, I write before Kenny nails it again. How good is he? Excellent is what! Descriptors-wise, we’ve thick fusty sour green confectionary wine gums. Without interfering cask influence, there’s no talk of the seams between cask/spirit – it’s all nicely consolidated. One might argue this is painting by numbers, perhaps, yet the painting is very good. Nothing wrong here.

    F: Sour sweet creamy, almost emulsion-thick creamy finish.

    C: Around €40 or £50, this is very good. Whilst some of the more established distilleries have struggled with adapting sherry-dependent profiles of their whiskies due to the new generation of sherry casks [Glenfarclas/Highland Park, for example], Arran seem to have found and maintained very decent quality [sherry] casks that suit their spirit, since their establishment in 1995.

    Scores 85 points, all day long

  42. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  43. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I actually find the nose quite interesting. In addition to the sherry there is another resinous note. Of course, everything doesn't seem really old, but okay. In terms of taste, however, it is not for me, as the sherry is also very citrus-heavy (the citrus notes remind me of gin) and does not look very noble. In addition, the wood notes are also a bit clumsy. It's not for me.

  44. Portfolioman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Very nice cask strength sherry whisky with a really good price-performance ratio
    • Nose
      Sherry, a little sulfur, sugared fruits
    • Taste
      strong, sherry, some oak, tart sweetness, there is a lack of depth and complexity
    • Finish
      medium length, warming, apple peel

  45. besar scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  46. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  47. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Sherry sarsaparilla.. love it!

  48. Gregers scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Decent bottling for the price, but a bit more sweetness would have made it great.

    Review: https://youtu.be/kXx8BiDLNgk
    • Nose
      86 86
      Acetone, raisins, then dried apricot, dates, loads of vanilla, honey, fresh sawdust, some citric notes, lemon juice, fresh wood sap, bark, pine cones. Very nice.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Very dry, surprisingly so, in fact. Alcohol is quite strong, and it's lacking body structure, very coarse. Plenty of oak, and really missing sweetness in the mix. Dry dram indeed, with lots of oak and alcohol on top of everything else. Second chew brings mint leaves and even more oak. Very faint hints of sherry notes, but hard to find even when looking for them. Third chew getting even drier, alcohol even more aggressive, and lacking in other flavours.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Nothing new, maybe some sour mash notes develop after 5 minutes, alcohol is coming down, oak and peppery notes lingering, while mint is going away.

  49. the_muskox scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A really flavourful young sherry bomb, that compares well against other whiskies in the category. It's on the waxier, Clynelish-y side of Arran, which I really like. Great stuff!

    Nose: Sweet and rich. Raisins, orange zest, honeycomb, brown sugar, ginger, cedar.

    Palate: Medium-thick texture. Malted barley, crystallized pineapple, wood spices, toasted sesame oil, black tea, wax, dried fruit.

    Finish: Medium-length, dry. Forest berries, honey, maple sugar, gingerbread, bergamot, sandalwood, sea salt.

  50. Majtin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A good whisky that needs time in the glass. A little closed-up. Worked better for me with a few drops of water.
    • Nose
      85 85
      At first, closed-up then golden raisins, cherry, nuts and oak. Adding water brought out the vanilla
    • Taste
      88 88
      Lots of nuts and chocolate, dried fruits, honey, some baking spices. Oily!
    • Finish
      88 88
      More of the dark chocolate, nuts. Orange peel.

  51. crouly scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Dry fruits, sweet maltiness, ginger
    • Taste
      86 86
      Plums, raisins, cereal
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long and peasant

  52. Ninofdram scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  53. claymore84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 05-14-2020. For mee its too young and it has too much bitterness .

  54. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    a beautiful sherry malt that I really liked
    the sherry doesn't kill here
    a few drops of water are good for him
    a great PLV
    • Nose
      nice and gentle sherry increases, raisins, sweetness, slightly vanilla, red berries, nice old well-kept wood, flowery, slightly pepper, slightly leather !!, chocolate so 55%, moist earth
      with water: more vanilla, sweeter and more leather
    • Taste
      full, strong and oily on the palate
      Oak, raisins, sherry class, red haribo bear, raspberries, chocolate so 60%, becomes slightly bitter, the alcohol is easy to feel
      with water: softer, more bitter, more oak, much more berries
    • Finish
      long
      Rich sherry, light oak, tart
      with water: the red berries come through nicely, and a lot of dark chocolate now so 70%

  55. Lakerfield scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Not a complex beast, but a pretty good NAS addition to the Arran core range. If you're looking for an A'bunadh substitute (like I was, admittedly), skip this one. This is more spirit driven and less of a 'look at my colour!' whisky. Sure, it's sherried but not overly so. Some youthful notes shine through, which give it a fresh and light feel. Drinks well for its strength and pretty confident at the minor age of 7 years. Still, I think this could use a few years of extra maturation.
    • Nose
      A rather friendly nose for a young gun at cask strength. Some alcohol heat but nothing too harsh, with a light mix of sherry, fruits and spice. Apple, citrus, orange juice, banana, pineapple and fig. Very fresh, then some milk chocolate, green winegum, marzipan, glazed doughnut, licorice and fudge. It all is built around a core of malt, hops, honey and almond, with some minerality and pencil shaving in the back. I like it. Sherried but humble, leaving enough space for the original spirit. Which is of good quality for its age.
    • Taste
      Still that fresh feel to it and pretty tame on alcohol burn, I expected worse! Granny Smith apple, orange, cherry, fig, apricot and banana, with cacao dusting, pastry, sugar cane, licorice and caramel that make it sweeter than expected. Further on creamy malt, grain, vanilla, honey, oak, pepper and a chalky note. The spirit has lots of playroom here and that is clearly noticeable with grain and spirity notes. Adding water takes away most of the rough edges but makes it a little bitter in return. Probably not one for the sherrybomb hunter, but an excellent introduction to the Arran spirit.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Drying with some dark chocolate, orange peel and grain cereal.

  56. Ziggy24 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, vanilla, caramel, abv is great to drink.

    This Arran is not very exciting in taste and does not have a super long finish (quite short actually), but it is a fine sherry whisky with a little extra punch.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  57. diamond2000 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: restrained, sweet-dried fruit, dark raisins, dates, dried apples, citro, menthol tones. The second wave is malt sweetness, white bread, sweet pastries, raw wood, fresh newspaper. Not rich, but fresh and pleasant.

    Taste: sweet-spicy, raisins, prunes, dates, burnt caramel, red pepper, a sensation of astringent berry skin on the tongue, sweet orange liquor.

    Finish: medium length, dark berries, raisins, zest, burnt caramel, sweetness recedes, grassy notes appear.

    Rating: 85

    Bottom line: quite a worthy representative of sherry barrel NASs, with a standard set for this. I would like more complexity and depth, but apparently everything is quite young and the barrels did not have time to work well. Whisky is very soft at all stages, it seems that it is less than the declared fortress.

  58. Derufus scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  59. SAND scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    (Lot 20 08 19)
    APPEARANCE: Between dark copper and medium brown colour.
    NOSE: Initially sherry and wood notes, mint and some dried fruits and noticeable oak notes. With some air; dry, baked oak, sawdust, some alcohol, all overpowering the sherry. With more air the sherry cask reappears; vanilla, some dried fruits (quite dry impression), then molasses and some honey. Later dark treacle and dark honey. Dark chocolate. (86-87p) With a few drops of water it feels less oaky, more sherried and slighty older. After my third addition of a few drops it really starts to come around on the nose; oranges, lemons, dried orange rind, fortified sweet wine, some fruit cake, pine needles, mint. (87-88p)
    TASTE: The arrival is mainly sherried (on rather dry, dried fruits) but also a bit woody and a bit nippy. On the mid palate a mix of wood / oak sawdust and dried fruits, with a little sweetness towards the end. (85p) With a few drops of water more of the sherry notes come forward. With another few drops, the whisky becomes sweeter, more sherry, less oak. Even better after my third addition of a few drops. Also sweeter. (86p)
    FINISH: The finish is peppery, woody and slightly sweet. (84p) With quite a bit of water the finish becomes more civilised, rounder, less woody/peppery, softer. (85p)
    OVERALL: Straight after the initial uncorking and undiluted, this presents itself as a quite intensely oaked and sherried, relatively young (5-8 years?) whisky. What it doesn’t do is reveal much of its Arran distillate/origins, although (hard) dilution brings some of it into the light. Several drops of water makes the expression older, more sherried and “smoother”. TOTAL SCORE (for now) 86 points.
    I will let this breathe and re-review later, in some 4-12 months time.

  60. majoma1960 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Really wanted to like this one but the ABV is not quite right. The alcohol sting is too overpowering.

  61. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  62. GJR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Tasted in a blind tasting competition.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  63. Goldenwhiskycave scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    powerful and the color is great
    • Nose
      76 76
      water added, was too strong in the nose, softer sweet, sherry, praline chocolate, still powerful, lumps of sugar candy
    • Taste
      68 68
      selfs with water, still strong, creamy and full-bodied, soft chocolate touch, burning sweet
    • Finish
      69 69
      long, strong, oak

  64. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Balance (21)
    Not bad (84)
    • Nose
      Sweet dried fruits, minerality, lacquer, cherry ... milk chocolate. BakingYoung but without notes (21)
    • Taste
      Fruits, varnish, caramel, menthol (21)
    • Finish
      Finishing varnish, menthol and wood ... milk and grass (21)

  65. Fabian scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Delicious Arran, nice price / quality ratio.

  66. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Grasses / herbs, nuts, dried fruits, strawberries, blackberries, wood, some earth, apple,
    • Taste
      Honey, apple, currants, strawberries, lemon, grapefruit, some earth, pepper,

  67. CST1986 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky, nice clean sherry casks (no sulphur whatsoever), nicely balanced between sherry and distillery character. Nothing spectacular and quite young, but very okay for the price.
    • Nose
      85 85
      neat: vanilla, orange zest, raisins, chocolate
      with water: cherries, orange marmalade (gets juicier), milk chocolate, sweet candied ginger, plums
    • Taste
      85 85
      neat: bittersweet and fruity, prune jam with ginger and cinnamon - very nice.
      with water: creamier and sweeter, with dark salted caramel/molasses.
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium, a little sharp, now the youth kicks in, but still quite nice and balanced. Overall a very good effort with a sherried cask strength whisky for a good price - but I did like the old bourbon matured 12yo cask strength from Arran much better, it was more characterful and definitely more bfyb...

  68. mer1973 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  69. JimJaws scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Not quite mature, would surely have taken a few more years in the barrel. Overall, however, very nice bottling and still affordable in price.

  70. palmtop2 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Dominant dry sherry notes
    Bitter and slightly sparkling on the finish.
    Still pleasant to drink

  71. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  72. Jack McClane scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Sherry Vollreifung in cask strength - I struck there. All in all, my conclusion is cautious.

    Unfortunately, very green sherry.
    The malt can not compete with the color in the nose or on the palate.

    The Arran lacks depth and you definitely notice the youth. For me a disappointment. Without a doubt, the malt is affordable. But from a Sherry Vollreifung I promise myself much more.

  73. SalahAdDinKim scored this whisky 80 points Newbie

    Only first fill olorosso and arran's decent malt.
    sounds impressive, but don't meet my expectation.
    It cannot contributes diversity in scene.
    • Nose
      71 71
      Raisin, Cherry, fruit bouquet from sherry wine, but too light scent.
    • Taste
      86 86
      medium mouthfeel, very smooth.
      cane sugar, cream sherry, hint of ginger.
    • Finish
      83 83
      hint of spicy remains, but it soon flies. clean finish.

  74. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Youthful, slightly green sherry, but fair for 40€.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Floral. Light sherry, citruses, raisin, peppermint, orange peel and green apple.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Powerful and oily. Waxy fruits, sherry, milk chocolate, citruses and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, spicy, bittersweet.

  75. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  76. hawk31 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: strong sherry aromas, but they are very fresh. A nice mix of light fruity, citrus and sherry flavors. Flowery, caramel, toasted almonds, hazelnuts, raisins, marzipan, lemon, blood orange, sweetened peppermint tea.

    Taste: oily, sweet, great onset, sweet / spicy, he pushes on with schnapps squash, apple juice, dried fig, peach, overripe pear, again the nut corners, milk chocolate.

    Finish: Medium long, very sweet, the oak is noticeable, becomes dry but remains sweet and slightly tart, the citrus notes always resonate in the background.

    Nice connection of the citrus-freight with the sherry-flavors, the alcohol-strength also fits very well. Not too young and no sulfur. Of that I could imagine a bottle zuzlegen, he is probably not too old, so it lacks in the mMn a bit of depth. Is still delicious

  77. Bam scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I like it well, the Arran character can compete well with the sherry flavors and the oak, so you have a full, strong, but at the same time fresh whisky. The strong hay / herbal note is very noticeable.
    • Nose
      Strong, sweet, but fresh sherry aromas, red apples, grapes, fresh figs. The sherry aromas combine with the Arran citrus character to blood orange. The oak comes up, bringing with it hazelnuts and spices. Cloves and aloe vera. On the other hand a very dominant note between hay and garden herbs.
    • Taste
      strong onset, oily mouthfeel, sweet fruits, grapes, sweets (this time the dried) red apples, and the blood orange. Nutty and worthy comes the oak, nougat, cloves, cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Medium long, beautiful bittersweet notes, and again a certain freshness, between citrus and menthol. The oak already sounds with dark nougat.

  78. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    They went deep in the sherry. It's fruity certainly, applesauce and grapes, meringue and cinnamon pie, quince marmalade, but it lacks depth, I think. It is pleasant on the palate nevertheless, very woody, with some spices. We feel that it is quite young, nevertheless the plums and blackcurrant are having a blast, tarte tatin, lemon cream. The finish is not very long, sandy, paprika and saffron, cranberries, currants.

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    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  79. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  80. Georges scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
      Sweet, sherry, fruity (oranges, apricots, apples), spicy (cinnamon, ginger, pepper), ripe figs
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweet, sherry, figs, chocolate, fruity (mandarines, oranges, apricots), black cherries
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long, sweet, fruity

  81. Demasy scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    non chill filtered, natural colour, natural cask strength at a reasonable price.
    Could be my new daily sherried dram
    • Nose
      86 86
      clean without sulfur. Opens up after a while to become a little more dusty.
      No alcohol burn to be found
    • Taste
      89 89
      nice sherry flavour with dark chocolate and orange marmalade (think Pim's cakes from LU). Sherry isn't to overpowering i think.
      very nice consistency with a somewhat thicker mouth feel.
      Burn is more real here, but well integrated.
      Maybe lacks a little flavour but what can or would u expect for this price bracket
    • Finish
      88 88
      more chocolate and something vegetal in the aftertaste countering the sherry sweetness. some while like it, others will not.
      Finish is long and rounded.

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