Arran 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 01 10 19
Added on
04 Nov 2019 11:10 pm by wbarchive_660584

Average value

€ 147.09

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 21-year-old

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.08 points

  1. Moses scored this whisky 84 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 disturbing or almost missing notes, no longer on the acceptable side. Did the 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
      Oha. Airy volume on the nose. Very fresh and flowery. It is also made on the light side and fine in aroma. Sweet Arran citrus with light vanilla and caramel notes. Against the 18s old & new, it weakens a bit and is not that full of fruity. Especially the new 18 series sets the bar very high. This 21 cannot fully convince his own 18 colleagues on the nose. And yet the nose is its best part. It smells delicious!
    • Taste
      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 slightly annoying. But he stays cute! There is also some burned wood. The malty notes also go in the bitter direction. The oral cavity is worth a maximum of 84. Sorry Arran, that's not enough! Was it saved on the barrels here? At least this batch was not optimal.
    • Finish
      The finish is also not up front. Just a little sweet and sour. After that it gets lukewarm and, unfortunately, reluctantly, he goes there for a medium time. It's a shame, he didn't hold out either. In addition, he is strangely grumpy in the back. Personal Opinion: One of the barrel rows was treated incorrectly. Compared to his very good 18 brother in the PLV, things are certainly not easy for him. Once again I say “a big THANK YOU to my brother in spirit for the great rehearsal”! Stay healthy !

  2. Palindrome scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    One very famous cap-wearing Youtube reviewer just gave this a 91. The whisky in his bottle looks darker than mine, but mine is a recent release. I'm wondering if he's tasting the same whisky? I like the new Arran 18. It's quite tasty. But the 21? Um, no. Not even good enough to bother with tasting notes. I'm giving away my bottle to an acquaintance who did me a favor and is used to drinking far inferior whisky to this. He will love it, and that makes me happy.

  3. Bam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  4. MrDvorak scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The nose is filled with an assortment of dried fruits dominated by raisins, prunes and marzipan. The taste is slightly sweet, tannic with hints of milk chocolate and salted caramel. Medium-length finish, astringent, chocolate-caramel.

    It is inferior to the old 21-year-old not so much in quality, but in depth of organoleptic and interestingness, but otherwise it is a very beautiful whisky.

    RATING: 87pts - | 87 - 89 (B +) → Great | - Always nice to have a bottle of this.

  5. Koning scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A honest Arran, representative for what this distillery has to offer. Although I can't get used to this dry and bitter herbal finish I often experience with Arran.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Rather dusty, with the tyoical Arran fresh citrus notes. A bit of yogurt and coconut biscuit. Opens up more more: redcurrants, guava, and floral notes join the party.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fresh and sweet fruits: Sicilian lemons (much sweeter than the supermarket ones) and passion fruit. It has an oily mouthfeel, that also reveals some vanilla, croissants, and fine (not bitter) garden herbs.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Waves of sweetness, mainly on orange marmelade. It's a bit spicy (coriander?) and has an metallic edge. Unfortunately becomes more dry and oaky after a while.

  6. SAND scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    (Tasted semi-blind; I knew it was Arran, not which one)
    NOSE: Lovely fruitiness on the nose with fresh yellow apples and yellow plums. Then more typical bourbon barrel notes of vanilla, dried banana and other dried yellow fruits. (87p).
    TASTE: The arrival is soft and fruity, again yellow orchard fruits. The fruitiness really continues onto the mid palate all the way into the exit. Lovely fruitiness plus some sweet barley juice. It is just a little nippy, suggesting that this may be in the upper 40s or lower 50s, ABV wise. (86p).
    EXIT: More yellow fruits, barley juice, very mild black pepper. (86p).
    OVERALL: A fruit and barley driven, bourbon barrel aged Arran, where the distillate gets to shine. Almost pure fruit & barley juice, with just a minor bitter bite towards the end. Juicy but not very complex. Very recognisable Arran signature here, I think. Age wise I would think 12 - 18 years old. TOTAL SCORE 86 points.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Various Arran expression surprised me quite a bit but also several ones disappointed me. The line so far was rather linear. That means, the more ages comes in the better it seemed to get. Where the 18yo was all about sherry, this 21 seems, purely by color, more sophisticated.
    • Nose
      Fresh, sweet and sour. Ripe tropical fruits get to my nose instantly. Ripe banana’s, melon and apricot. Also darker flavors like cocoa and floral notes like in flower buds. Also quite some vanilla. Enough sweetness but also something sour like yoghurt.
    • Taste
      Very oily on the palate with loads of citrus and tropical fruits. Mid-palate quite some dry flavors like in cinnamon and almond paste start to take over. Also Mediterranean spices play a part.
    • Finish
      Medium-long. It’s a logical continuation of the palate. It’s remaining in dry flavors mostly, being lead by Mediterranean spices, vanilla, honey and a whiff of corn like in popcorn. Quite some bourbon-driven flavors.

      I don’t really know it with this one. I expected more of it to be honest. It’s not bad, certainly not. But somehow it can’t really please me neither. Water doesn’t change a lot. It’s tasteful but it’s a what you see is what you get kind of whisky at the same time. I’d prefer the 18yo. More depth and complexity is to be found there.

  10. YD84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Rich tropical fruits, fresh apples, juicy pears, fresh grass, mud after the first rain, flowers, butter, soft citrus, raisins and sultanas, apricot, chocolate, ginger, pickle, soft toffee. Luscious and juicy. Exquisite.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88


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