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Arran 18-year-old

Overall rating
87.59/100
votes
440
Whiskybase ID
WB143180
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5060044483073
Added on
23 Nov 2019 1:16 pm by Whiskylifestyle
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 79.00

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 18-year-old

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.59 points

  1. Stef89 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    I am relatively enthusiastic about this bottling. This is a completely different malt than the old one. The focus is clearly on the ripening of sherry and it hits it quite well.
    An independent "winey" profile with highs and little depths.
    With he likes.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A very slight alcohol bite is the first thing on the nose, but really minimal and with a little time it flies completely. Otherwise, the first thing to hold back is the nose. Extremely dense and rich but reserved. It sounds like a contradiction at first, I know, but that's the way it is.
      Next comes a slightly sour / winey fruitiness that is not out of place at all.
      Very interesting and far from being fully explored.
      For all of you who have read so far: now it's getting classic:
      Very nice sherry ripening with everything that goes with it. Old leather, tobacco, raisins, plums, a nice pinch of spice and the oak hilt gently follows and pushes in beautifully.
      Over time, the alcohol comes back. That is the only point of criticism.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The start is very gentle but not lax. He sweetly dresses the mouth area before the malt becomes more spicy with every second. Sweetness, fruit and spice hold the balance. Very pleasant
      Everything is backed by a very pleasant carpet of wood and the tannins from it.
      Again I have the sticking point from my nose: the alcohol is coming again.
      While we're whining: it's a little one-dimensional, but by no means boring.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is not too long and very harmonious. Here suddenly cherries come and it is fresh again.
      Coffee plays a role again, but more milk coffee.

  2. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Noticeably different from the old one and also completely different on the nose. They are not comparable, because the old one is a bourbon / sherry whisky at its best and the new one is "supposedly" made with two different sherry barrels and is very demanding. It has certainly already leased its place with sherry lovers. On the palate and in the finish it is special and much spicier! You have to like that. The old one is not better, but only more independent ... Conclusion: ... Both are very good.
    • Nose
      Wow, fresh and fruity straight away. Very attractive. Will be the best part. This nose is markedly good. All nouns of fruitiness and wonderfully dominant but not too heavy, rather on the light, sour fruit side. Orange peel and berries pickled in alcohol. Splendid. Respect to Arran. This nose can be sold. Top!
    • Taste
      Sweet, creamy, inviting and not too full and heavy in texture. Rather loosely and lightly, it combines peppery tannin spices with fine to artificial citrus fruitiness and the inconspicuous chocolate bananas with raisins. Made class without being intrusive. Is inconspicuous, or shall we say “very soft” and a cautious finish. But what shouldn't be a criticism. Ingeniously balanced culinary delight without rough edges. Many will say something boring.
      I like that very much. Happy 88!
    • Finish
      Medium to long he walks with his head held high, without pursuing and simulating any show-offs. Solid and well coordinated, it slowly lets go of what it delivered from the nose to the palate. Finish at the best level and felt 2 to 3 years older! Claim: There will not be a day in the year that this malt does not work.
      He deserves an award, no ifs or buts. Congratulations to Arran!

  3. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice balance of sour, fruity notes and spiciness. Plus the ginger spiciness - I like it a lot. Overall balanced and not very complex, but still not boring. For me a wonderful standard for the home bar.
    (Rating: +)
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet; sour and fruity; colorful fruit basket; Oranges; Raisins; Vanilla sauce; Spices; delicate beautifully integrated oak wort
    • Taste
      88 88
      gentle fruity sweet and sour taste; which is quickly complemented by a fine spiciness as a counterpoint; Oranges; Grapefruit; fine tingling ginger spiciness lies on the tongue; Chocolate notes
      Great balance of fruity sweetness and spiciness. Everything is very harmonious
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium length; spicy; sour and fruity; Grapefruit; dark chocolate; some milk coffee; delicately tart oak flavor; Ginger spiciness

  4. happyNess scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Needs some time in the glass, sweet at first and a little reserved. After a few minutes full and delicate.
      Milk chocolate, trail mix, cinnamon and oak. Very balanced.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Round and flattering, very gentle. Chocolate, raisins, dates, some cinnamon. Then the drier tastes, spices and gentle oak.
      The alcohol is practically not noticeable (as on the nose).
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length, gently spicy and fresh.

  5. Koning scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Had this in a line-up with six Arrans, this was by far the darkest in colour (also compared to the 21). It's definitely more sherried than the old 18 years from 2016/2017 (wb id 79561). Still, it is no real sherry bomb. It has good and interesting flavours, but it's also a bit shy and collapes at the finish.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Citrus fruits and pineapple. Milk chocolate with hazelnuts, croissant, honey, shoe polish coffee. A nice array of flavours, but it requires some effort: it's quite closed at first.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Starts with the signature Arran fresh and sour citrus fruits, followed by 'darkness': dark chocolate, figs, crème brûlée and roasted peanuts.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Vanilla essence, sour citrus fruits, bitter coffee and a oaky spiciness that morphs into soapy coriander.

  6. Collegiate scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Heavily sherried malt that rests mainly on tropical fruits and vanilla. Probably American oak rather than European. This doesn’t have the depth of character of some of my other go to sherried 18yos like Bunnahabhain or Glendronach. But, it is also much more reasonably priced than those ones now. So as far as value goes, this delivers a great experience of what a good dose of aging and sherry casks can do. Just don’t expect those raisin/Christmas cake notes other more traditional European sherry malts provide. This one has a more modern, fruitier approach. Refreshing and tasty.

  7. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    At least my batch (first of the new line-up?) was disappointment. Very dark-brownish for a standard 18 yo, but the taste could not fulfill the promise given by the color. Not elegant as the previous version of the 18, not overly complex, tasted younger than 18 as if medicore casks were used. I wonder how the color got into the malt when the sherry was not dark but rather bright sherry influence with citrus fruit notes, oak tannins that kept be baffling. Even with time and air it did not become distinctly better. Let's hope newer batches are better.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Bright sherry taste, more citrussy with some tobacco notes
    • Taste
      78 78
      Unbalanced, rather simple. Taste does not reflect the color, seems like cheat - not even PX sweetness - sherry finish. No distinct Arran distillery character. Lackluster. Seems a bit waterey, too, despite the 46 abv.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Short to medium long, some oak tannis remain, some of the cheap bright sherry notes, too.

  8. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    This may just be my personal preference, but I would've liked less overt sherry here – perhaps as in the wonderful old 14-year-old.
    And I wonder what an all-bourbon Arran 18 (in the style of the current Deanston 18) would be like.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A lot of sherry (dry Oloroso style), cranberries, christmasy baking spices, umami, trail mix and leather. Beneath the sherried overcoat, you can still sense some bourbon-matured components and the typical tart and citric Arran character. Pretty flawless, but also completely unsurprising. I feel like there would be zero added benefit in buying a whole bottle vs just a sample. No mysteries, rough edges, or anything else, really that would warrant long-term interest.
    • Taste
      83 83
      I don't know, man. Somehow the combination of intense sherry and Arran spirit never works for me. The mellow, sumptuous vibe that Oloroso-centered maturation creates clashes with the pronounced acidity that Arran often displays. There's also a weird fizzy citric feeling to the palate, which doesn't fit at all with my idea of a sherried malt. To be sure, this is better than the old (ca. 2016) 18-year-old, whose sherry influence was a touch rubbery and artificially sweet-seeming, but I still wouldn't need more than a dram of this. However, if you like your sherried whiskies rather sour, fizzy-dry and tart, this is well worth a look. And the sweetness does return in the finish (see below).
    • Finish
      85 85
      Aceto balsamico, redcurrant, brown sugar, cinnamon pastry.

  10. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    What a great whisky! A prime example of a whisky from the sherry barrel. Sherry and oak in wonderful harmony. 89 points.
    • Nose
      Hmmmm ... The nose suddenly knows how to please. Wonderful sherry flavors. Dark fruits, plums and rotten grapes. A rich and spicy oak can also be felt right away. Dark dark chocolate. Rather dry. A hint of nutmeg. With a little time, the nose becomes even drier, almost dusty.
    • Taste
      The whisky flows warm and spicy into the mouth. The oak tingles pleasantly. Fermented grapes. Black chocolate. With the swallow comes a torrent of tobacco. Dry and very fruity in the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Long, but only moderately warming.

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