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Arran 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.01/100
votes
153
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
Added on
23 Nov 2019 1:16 pm by Whiskylifestyle
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 86.26

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153 × member ratings

429 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 18-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.01 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 spices with fine to artificial fruitiness and the inconspicuous chocolate 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! Claim: There will not be a day in the year that this malt does not work. He deserves an award
      no ifs and buts. Congratulations to Arran!

  3. 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.

  4. maltaholic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Wow!
    What a nice aroma.
    It smells like it looks!

    Warm and sweet, almost classy.
    Intense sherry, fine wood.

    The taste is then stronger, full-bodied, tart, with slightly bitter barrel notes. Not quite as fruity anymore. But quite complex and expressive.

    Very good!

  5. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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

  6. Islay1815 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Igitor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. besar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 11insomnium scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Rather on the easy side. Unfortunately, the full notes of dark dried fruit and sherry hardly get through. The 18 years are also not to be noted.
    L 30 09 19
    • Nose
      Fruity, sweet, light citrus, spicy, a little more flowery over time, light herbs with water
    • Taste
      Fruity, sweet, spicy, strong, oak
    • Finish
      Slight dryness, spicy, oak

  10. LeeRoyTomazz scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    A surprisingly good malt, very different from the old 18. But better or perhaps just suits my palette. Strong sherry, reminds of Mac18, but less than half the price. Compared to Mac18, it is slightly lesser viscosity. Overall still a very good malt for the price. It is hard to find now.

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