Arran 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 30 09 19
Added on
20 Nov 2019 11:30 am by Ras Mazunga

Average value

€ 94.25

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53 × member ratings

183 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 18-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.10 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It's been a while since I had the last Arran in my glass. After several attempts (old core range and independent bottlings) I had checked off this distillery as too unspecific, indifferent and a little lacking in character.
    This 18yo makes me waver again in my (pre -?) Judgment: aroma-like build-up of tension, rounded off without being boring, tasty on the tongue, long finish. In addition natural color and non chill filtered - a whisky that makes you want to explore it for a whole bottle.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Blackberry jam, black currants, spiced plum jam (Aachener Pflümli), pepper, nutmeg. Very tasty mixture, looks fresh despite the dark fruits and spices.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Berry mix with almonds, hazelnuts, toffee and hazelnut chocolate. Cold coffee, chopped chestnuts. Earthy, loamy with leather and tobacco leaves. Dried plums, raisins, dried figs, bay leaves, nutmeg, paprika. The spices are added late after the berries and almonds / nuts have already gone.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long, creamy. Soft without being irrelevant. For a long time you have something of the flavors from the palate, nothing breaks here.

  2. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Youtube Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBJqX9uCa70
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  3. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I suppose consistency in profile with the previous (2016) version was not a criterion, as it's completely different. It's all about the sherry. Not better, just very different.
    • Nose
      Blueberry, hazelnut, caramel and nutmeg. It mellows down after a while.
    • Taste
      Two types of sherry in contest. There's a robust, spicy side in the front and a lighter side of red wine gum behind it.
    • Finish
      Mocha, hazelnut, nutmeg

  4. LukeFive scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    What a nice expression from Arran. I find it balanced with the sherry and the spirit. Not dark sherry but elegant one, balanced with the citrus character of the Arran spirit. I really adore the amaretti biscuits note that goes through the whole journey especially on the nose and the palate. Really nice, classy and pleasing dram. For the price 100% recommended.

  5. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Appearance: Deep rich orange-red-amber.

    Nose: Sherry, raisins, chocolate brownie, malt sugar, vanilla, hugely malty. Oak.

    Palate: Chocolate, vanilla, raisins. Malt biscuits.

    Finish: Long. Vanilla, chocolate, raisins, oak.

    With Water: Chocolate and sugar come oout more int eh nose, with ripe cherries and dried cranberries.

    Overall: Amazingly rich and fruity, spicy and lovely.

  7. Ambition2023 scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Awesome sherry bomb!!

  8. face scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77


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