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Arran Sherry Cask

Overall rating
85.09/100
votes
201
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Bodega
Bottled
2019
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Strength
55.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
20 08 19
Barcode
5060044483776
Added on
12 Sep 2019 1:07 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 53,55

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201 × member ratings

446 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran Sherry Cask

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.09 points

  1. hawk31 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    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

  2. SAND scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    (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.

  3. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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)

  4. 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.

  5. aksm_be scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  6. volker40sw scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  7. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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%

  8. Lakerfield scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    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.

  9. MVDW scored this whisky 83 points Member 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

  10. 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.

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