Arran 1998

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry - Single Cask
Calculated age
10 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
53.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Nectar Belgium
be Belgium
Added on
21 Mar 2010 11:49 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 160.00

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 1998

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.20 points

  1. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    Like it a lot. I find the twist in the nose from grassy and herbaceous to tropical and fruity when you give the malt time in the glass - and you should definitely do it, it's worth it.
    If you give it the time, you get a rather delicate, but very complex malt.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Some grass / heather / hay, thyme (?), Well-integrated alcohol, dry wood, some vanilla. In the covered snifter, honey notes and a few tropical fruits collect. The longer the standing time, the more clearly the fruit notes come to the fore, as do the fine wood notes.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, sweet, immediately the tropical fruits with mango and pineapple. After a bit of rolling in your mouth, you can also feel the heather, wood and alcohol with a pleasantly light tingling sensation.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length. Hardly anything new is added, but it fits. Maybe a little more cocoa and espresso towards the end, hardly any bitter substances on the palate.

  2. Vallado scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Notes from blind expense.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A light-fruity start with apples and an exotic note in the direction of nashis and kumquats, noticeably honey, dusty wood, a touch of flower meadow
    • Taste
      86 86
      I can also find honey and kumquats here, along with milk chocolate. Lays broad and peppery on the tongue. Rather watery texture
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium to long, very woody, astringent, fresh, sour citrus note

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [Blind tasting notes]

    Doesn't pick me up like the Glen Grant from last Sunday, but that is undoubtedly a nice round and harmonious refill sherry malt, I guess a maximum of 15 years old.
    • Nose
      86 86
      First association: Glenfarclas. Can of course be completely wrong again, but it simply has this combination of (refill) sherry, wood spice and amorphous "heaviness" that I associate with GF. You can clearly see the higher alcohol content, but not in a way that it would be pungent, rather the enormous sweetness comes across that such a barrel strength can show in the teenage years (where I would spontaneously classify it here). After that, mainly plums: plum cake from the tray, dried fruit and Chinese plum brandy. There's also something leathery about it, and I mean, sniffing out a sweetish note of pastry and marzipan that I usually associate with American white oak. And either this is self-hypnosis or, after a bit of breathing, creamy, vanilla-like aromas actually arise, which corroborate this hypothesis: pudding, pastel de nata, crème caramel ... Then a fine mixture of refill sherry red fruit (Amarena cherries) and wood spice - cinnamon and nutmeg, maybe even totally seasonal in the direction of mulled wine spices.
      In any case, quite barrel-heavy. With water it becomes slightly more complex and filigree, the wood now appears more differentiated and the malt as a whole older.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Yeah, very spicy, also quite sweet, definitely US oak. Everything as expected from the nose. I like it best from the back, there is an unexpected herbal-vegetable component added (bouillon?), Which suits me very well. Glenfarclas would be a simple, everyday tip, but I would think headed for the Highlands, unless the barrel-heaviness confuses me completely.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Not too long, but with fine flavor and delicate acidity that complement each other well. Very mouthwashing and not dry at all. Drinkable!

  4. tebond968 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Arran 1998/2009, 53.5%, OB bottled for The Nectar, cask 353, 283 bottles - Arran - 87/100
    Sherryvat. Nice fruity nose. Pear, apple. Honey. Flowers too. Very nice. Also in the taste a lot of fruit and honey. Slightly bitter, a pleasant bitterness welsiwaar. My best Arran to date. Well done guys.
    Second was something completely different, and that is an understatement. The Ardbeg Supernova saw the light a month or two ago via a limited committee bottling. If I had been a little faster, I would have one in my closet (or would I have sold them by the quadruple). But it was waiting for the official release. Quite daring to give this peat gun (100 ppm!) A second, but as number three brought sherry, it might not have been so badly watched. http://onversneden.com/2009/04/23/a-freight-new-bottles-part-i/

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Complex? No. So what? It is a great whisky. Very nice cask selection indeed.
    • Nose
      The sherry influence is immediately discernable on the nose, which seems to be sweet and fruity. Apple and dried apricots. Dried flowers, as well. Some mint and toffee. Truckload of honey. Dusty, too. Nice.
    • Taste
      The dried apricots and honey return on the wonderfully creamy palate. Very spicy. Liquid gingerbread. Turns slightly bitter towards the end. Delicious in all its simplicity.
    • Finish
      The finish is slightly drying and very long. Heartwarming.


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