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Arran 21-year-old

Overall rating
86.69/100
votes
41
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
21 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060044483752
Added on
04 Nov 2019 11:10 pm by wbarchive_660584
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 130.37

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 21-year-old

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.69 points

  1. Bam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Dangerously tasty, and sweet for a 21yo. Set at the same time, and fresh, the oak tends to behave for the age, and herbal.
    • Nose
      It starts with cocoa and citrus notes. Orange and grapefruit, jaffa cake. A couple of dried garden herbs, marjoram, thyme, and fresh tomato plants. Then comes apple compote with some cinnamon and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Strong start, oily mouthfeel, a strong, dark caramel note makes the beginning, and combines with ripe oranges and some cinnamon. Vanilla. Roasted hazelnuts introduce the oak, which is more herbaceous.
    • Finish
      Medium. Orange, cinnamon, caramel, vanilla and milk chocolate.

  2. Moses scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The second from the core range at the age of 21, but this time not limited, ... positive. One thing in advance. He can't get to the old 21! I share the opinion of "Archer". The palate has annoying or almost missing notes, no longer on the acceptable side. Did wrong barrels come together? Barrels not burned out enough? Unfortunately, whatever went wrong with barrel management. The old 21 is clearly better! My personal impression. PS: See also the notes from Archer!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Oha. Airy volume on the nose. Very fresh and floral. The aroma is also made on the light side and fine. Lovely Arran citrus with light vanilla and caramel notes. He weakens a bit against the 18s old & new and is not so fruity. Especially the new 18er sets the bar very high. This 21 can not fully convince on the nose compared to his own 18 colleagues. And yet the nose is his best part. It already smells delicious!
    • Taste
      84 84
      Soft texture. But does not keep what the nose promised. Behavior simple, almost boring. Creamy and oily ok, but getting dry with a delicate bitterness that is also a bit annoying. There is also some burned wood. The malty notes also go in the bitter direction. The mouth is max. worth a 84. Sorry Arran, that's not enough! Have you saved on the barrels here? At least this batch was not optimal.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The finish is also not at the front. Just a little sweet and sour. After that it gets lukewarm and unfortunately, he goes there moderately long. Too bad he didn't hold out either. Personal opinion: One of the barrel rows was treated incorrectly. In comparison to his very good 18-year-old brother PLV, he certainly does not have it easy. I say again “a big THANKS to my brother in spirit for the big rehearsal”! Stay healthy !

  3. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Damn a shame that with this great nose it breaks down on the palate and in the finish. One could almost assume that a few bad barrels were mixed in. This musty and musty note, which he shows on the tongue, scratches pretty hard on the border to the missing note.
    • Nose
      88 88
      At first contact you could almost think that the whisky could not be located on Arran, but on the Kintyre peninsula a few miles west - a little Glen Scotia lemon here, a little springbank minerality there.
      Very fresh nose with just that lemon, sea salt, dried seaweed, damp pebbles. Straight sliced apricots, nice and fleshy and juicy. A touch of flower shop with fresh cut flowers pulls through. White chocolate, nutmeg. Fresh fruitiness and spice complement each other very well.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Creamy start with tart herbs and a musty note. The freshness from the nose is barely there, the older barrel and damp, clammy wood clearly prevail here. Keller Moder. A stark contrast to the fresh-looking nose. There is an inkling of putrefaction here, and you can hardly identify and name specific flavors otherwise.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Shouldn't be as long as it is.
      The musty and putrid note settles on the tongue and takes root there. Bitter herbs, cellar, damp wood, wet autumn leaves, burnt caramel.

  4. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Short comparison with the old 21er (WID: 122174)

    They are pretty similar in color. The old 21 is a little darker. But both are brighter than the new 18er.

    They are similar in the nose too. The old 21er looks fuller and more expressive. Both have yellow fruits. With the old one, they are boiled down and some glazed in butter. The new ones are rather fresh with a dash of citrus fruit. This also continues with the oak notes. In the new one, the oak notes are fairly green, while in the old one the oak is rather toasted.
    Basically the same game in the mouth. More sweetness and intensity with the old one. The new one looks snappier.
    The finish of the old 21er is also more elegant.

    The new 21er somehow can't really convince me. Somehow has too little substance for me for old age. Since I find the old 18er (WID: 79561) even better. The old 21er wins the comparison.

  6. brechtvds scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    tasted this one at spirits in the sky very disappointing whisky no dept , short finish , almost no complexity there are better things to buy for 150euro

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