Arran 21-year-old

Overall rating
87.24/100
votes
300
Whiskybase ID
WB142044
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
01.10.2019
Stated Age
21 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 01 10 19
Barcode
5060044483752
Added on
04 nov 2019 11:10 pm by wbarchive_660584
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 172.82

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Whisky reviews for Arran 21-year-old

43 users have left 46 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.24 points.

  1. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  2. lucero scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  3. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Pleasant: initially fruity, syrupy sweet and quite nutty. Toast drenched in honey, dried apple and apricot, citrussy, bitter orange, grapefruit, guave and caramel. On the second plan walnuts, some (moldy) wood notes, brie, linseed oil, nutmeg and a pinch of green herbs.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily and juicy, sweet, honey, even more citrussy than the nose, sweet orange and lemon, pomelo, apricot and slight peach, the damp and moldy part of the nose is largely absent. Mild green herbs and wood spice with a pinch of pepper, nutmeg and faint ginger.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length: honey, more sweet citrus, slight grapefruit, clearly drying towards the end but the bitterness remains citrussy and never becomes astringent.

  4. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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.

  5. 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

  6. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I like it very much, modern exBC + sherry profile
    • Nose
      Very fruity nose. Ripe apples, pears, peaches, fruit tea, vanilla and sweet malt are also included and a few citrus notes on the back.
    • Taste
      Here, too, sweet and fruity, the malt and vanilla notes are stronger on the palate and fine, slightly bitter oak notes.

  7. ehelkur scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      On the nose it seems sweeter than the 18yo. A lot of dried fruits, sultanas and then oranges and baked fruits like apples and peaches.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is sweet and dry, it is really mellow and smooth. Orange peel, dried fruits, sultanas and raisins, baked fruits with chocolate and a lot of spices, nutmeg and clove. Some hints of salt and toffee.
    • Finish
      The finish is long sweet velvety, with notes of chocolate, cinnamon and orange jam.

  8. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. dapoinbua scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Sander79 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  11. Maltimizer scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Mild with vanilla, pear and orange zest
    • Taste
      82 82
      Oak! Again orange, citrus fruits, red pepper, fresh menthol, sherry ripening in the background
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, again pepper, sherry influence and oak spice, becomes quite bitter over time

  12. 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.

  13. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Odor: medium, throaty bouquet, biscuit, pear, German. Orange note, some nutmeg, overall nicely balanced
    Taste: medium body, present woody spice, slightly drying out, the fruit aromas from the nose are present in a reduced form, concealed by the woody spice, long spicy aftertaste
    Color: golden yellow, narrow WR, clear
    Conclusion: nicer on the nose than on the palate, and especially a little disappointing compared to the standard 10!

  14. 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.

  15. Finn2206 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Wonderfully aged Arran!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Dried quality fruits such as apricots and figs, little cereal, honey
    • Taste
      86 86
      Well balanced dance of fresh fruit flavours, honey, minimal oak influence, a little less then the nose for me.
    • Finish
      89 89
      A perfect harmony between the nose and the taste! Balanced fruity sweetness, honey, cereal and long lasting fresh stonefruit.

  16. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Great, if rather modern sherry profile. The nose is still very subdued, takes a lot of time, and the taste makes up for a lot. Right at the front the sweet fruit, then tart aromas that linger a little before dark fruits come back, plus a hint of chocolate. The 21 years of age also show their strengths in the finish. Holds out well for 46%.
    Much better than the 18yo and more than worth the extra charge.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. MLE scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  18. riegerjonas scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    2020-12-27
    • Nose
      81 81
      mild, light vanilla, citrus, honey, little or no flavor
    • Taste
      82 82
      light pepper, light spice
    • Finish
      81 81
      short, milk to dark chocolate

  19. DannyDram scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Walnut, pear, fig, peppermint, chocolate, citrus, tobacco, caramel, old wood (palate). Warm, creamy, watery, medium body, medium intensity.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  20. P.K.S scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    love old bottling of arran, first new bottling fore me. a bit impressed, and a bit more disepointed
    • Nose
      83 83
      sherry,plums,dark drapes,oransj,oak spisyness and oak suggar
    • Taste
      83 83
      oily,plums,and more like rosin, good but where is the rest of flaver?
    • Finish
      85 85
      oily,oak wood and suggar plum and sweet pear

  21. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately I did not try the predecessor, which supposedly was better, more complex. This one I tried blind and albeit being pleasant, a good dram it was not as sophisticated, complex and overall impressive as I would have liked it to be. Together with the 18 more of a decrease in quality with the recent change in Arran bottle style. But way better than the new 18 still. But could be better for a 21 yo. More in the range of quality of the old 18 which had long been available around 70 EUR...

  22. Saftkenner scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    After the very successful bottlings, "Arran 18" and "Arran 10" in the new design, now comes the big disappointment after correspondingly high expectations. After the previous bottle in the old design had set the bar very high, the new 21-year-old disappoints, is surprisingly unbalanced and there are hardly any signs of its proud age.
    I hope the next batch will be better again.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Heavy, slightly fermented and slightly unripe light fruits, light acidity (citrus notes). Seems very unbalanced to me.
      As it gets warmer, it becomes a little more accommodating. honey, white oak spice, apple, orange, pear. Later light vanilla. The distillery character still comes through.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Very light body, alcohol is clearly noticeable, oak, unripe pears, some vanilla, malt, citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium length Pear with some cardboard.
      Overall bad value for money.

  23. robse211 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  24. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  25. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  26. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful and spicy, still quite balanced and drinkable
    • Nose
      88 88
      Light, fruity, yellow fruits, little vanilla, peach, apple, pear, little lemon, tangerine, little fruit tea, hints of cigar tobacco, whiffs of smoke - not bad
    • Taste
      90 90
      Punchy, oily, fruity, subtle sweetness, more yellow fruits, apple, peach, vanilla, tobacco, hints of oak wood, spices, pepper, ginger - pretty good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, warm, spicy, little more woody

  27. StephanB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. Tordeaux scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  29. Igitor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  30. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I don't think that's wrong. Reminds me more of a solid, around 20 year old UA malt from a bourbon barrel. But just solid and not particularly good.
    • Nose
      The nose is relatively fresh. The fruits tend to be apple and pear. A little apricot, sea buckthorn and unripe banana. Also citrus notes. Vanilla. Malt sweetness. Slightly floral hints, fresh breeze and some hay.
    • Taste
      First a lot of sweetness. Malt and honey. Pear jelly. Then naturally cloudy apple juice. Now the fruits become a little bit more sour. A pleasant wood flavor and ginger heat emerge. Now rather rotten wood.
    • Finish
      Still some rotten wood. Pear peel. A little orange. Tree sap.

  31. Sir MaHei scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  32. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  33. Sandman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Orange, raspberry, nuts, dried grass, candied figs, chocolate, red apple, vanilla custard and peach
    • Taste
      Hazelnut chocolate spread, hint of ginger, hay, barley, mix of fresh fruit, apple pie and lemon
    • Finish
      Medium to long, honey, orchard fruit, citrus, ginger jam, cinnamon and malted barley

  34. maltaholic did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    91 Points from Ralfy.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Appearance: Medium gold. Viscous.

    Nose: Salty sea air. Honey, vanilla, light pineapple, oak, chocolate, apple. Somewhat minerally. Also quite spicy, ginger-like.

    Palate: Sweet, woody, spicy, vanilla, honey. Pineapple, ginger, chocolate, bourbon.

    Finish: Chocolate, spice, wood.

    With Water: Spicy, fruitier, honey malts.

    Overall: Tasty but overall a bit sweet and simple for the age and price. Nice but not mind-blowing.

  38. AmmitMitchum scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Very light nose with quite an interesting sherry there.
    Taste is nice and fruity, quite creamy and oily but a bit "empty". I was expecting a bit more from this.
    Again as others I tasted from Arran the finish is very quick. I do like that very slight tingle on the tongue though.

  39. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  40. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  41. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  42. 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 !

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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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