- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 10 years old
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- L 23 01 20
- Added on
- 18 feb 2020 4:48 pm by danilo
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Whisky Reviews for Arran 10-year-old
32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.02 points
- This new version Arran 10 yo increased more percentage of sherry cask used,thus you could taste more sweet such as honey ,brown sugar.Anyway I would prefer this bottle than the older one.
- What a nice aroma:
a fruity note paired with oak.
Cherry and pear.
He looks delicate, noble, smells like Vin Santo.
There is an aromatic wood note, a little vanilla.
Very strong in the mouth, can take a drop of water.
Somewhat spicier in taste, becomes a bit bitter in the end.
Very intense barrel notes.
A very nice dram.
No wonder Ralfy rated him so highly.
The aroma is fantastic ...
- Arran, a friendly distillery, privately run, in a fantastic island location. So far, unfortunately, only a few whiskys from Arran have really picked me up, but I like to have an Arran in my glass every now and then to check the mood. I didn't know the 10yo before, and since I am very fond of whiskys of the same age from the peninsula, I thought that would be a good starting point to write another chapter in the book: "With Arran on you and you". It became a short chapter. At first there is hardly anything in the nose, then it stays pale on the tongue and, as if that wasn't enough, he says goodbye before dessert. Except for a slight alcoholic tinge on the palate, it has no active off-notes, but there is a clear lack of accents and even rudimentary exciting combinations of aromas that are not just “there” but also interact.
Hm, it makes me fidget in my nose, it obviously takes a kickstart sip to get a little more nasal power - now a little better, then we can start.
Hazelnut brittle, almonds, vanilla, honey and ginger biscuits. Maybe a hint of orange, but the aromas are difficult to separate from each other. Malty and slightly spicy.
Dry start with a hazelnut / almond mixture, with orange biscuits, malt and honey. Milk chocolate, milk coffee. Makes a pure and clear impression - maybe a little too pure and clear. Over time, a slightly alcoholic sting that subsides after a while.
Nutty and malty, dry. Short rather than medium long.
Very pleasant nose. Soft with vanilla, coconut and honey
Citrus, fresh and a bit sharp. Soft malty.
Not so long but packs some heat even this it's only 46% nutty aftertaste and some bitter dark chocolate
- An all-rounded and balanced expression of the Arran Distillery.
Light but complex. A mixture of vanilla, dry, and fresh fruits. Very pleasant. It transformed into nuttiness with almonds and some citrusy. Oh, it ended up with a gentle sea breeze.
Briny and even salty at first. Full-bodied with sweetness and lemon. It then progresses to oakiness and some spice.
Long, sweet with a little bit of spice.
- The aroma of flowers and fruits is quite obvious, the wine body is slightly thin, there is no heavy feeling, you get what you pay for
- The new Arran 10 still upholds the distillery character with a very fruity and honeyed distillate, but the oak does have something to say as well. Great nose, lots of fun, but perhaps not quite as well balanced as the bottling from the old core range (up to 2017), which I think I prefer.
The first aromas are from citrus fruits and honey. Then I can notice some clean and fresh oak behind those opening impressions. The oak is perhaps not completely balanced with the distillate since it can be a little too forward and tangy. There's also a hint of sawdust when I give it a few minutes to settle. I'd imagine there are 2nd-fill American oak hoggies at work here, that previously contained sherry. They give off an aroma of bourbon-vanilla ice-cream, before withdrawing to allow the fruity notes to the fore. And here I get tropical fruits such as pineapple and cantaloupe melon. There is also the suggestion of muesli sultanas. Given a few more minutes, I finally seem to get a light buttery note. Plenty going on here - this is fun!
This is not beginner's stuff: there is a distinct sweet-and-sour taste on the palate. That makes things deliciously complex. I'm getting strong honeyed sweetness combined with green pineapple or an unripe mango. The oak then begins to come through more strongly on the development. Holding the dram longer in my mouth, I get some estery pineapple and apricot notes on the mid-palate, followed by the return of the cask in the form of a dry Oloroso sherry note. The mouthfeel is pleasing with a malty and toffee-esque consistency.
Savoury notes come to the fore on the aftertaste, along with that persistent and well-rounded malted barley. It warms the throat area very nicely, even suggesting a slightly higher abv than 46%. At the close I get a final hint of stem ginger, rounding things off quite well. This is more than just an "entry-point" whisky!
- Price-performance top!
sweet fruit, vanilla
spicy, malty, oak
- Tremendous value for money and a must buy for someone beginning their journey, or someone looking to try their first OB Arran. Solid recommendation.
- I was kind of hyped by Ralfy’s Whisky of the year 2021, so really wanted to try this one. And it is a nice whisky! Mouth-filling, warm, sweet, fruity, and 46% suits it nicely! On the other hand, I might have too big expectations, so I kind of expected more:) But overall, it’s a decent dram for a great price and that’s what matters!
fruit, green apples, pears, sultanas, honey, some spice
full and sweet, definitely fruit, strawberry jam, apples, honey, malt, some bitterness comes with sour notes
Short to medium, not so strong, fades out rather fast, sweet, fruit, notes of oak wood
- Harmonious and fresh through and through. No missing grades because of the young age. What I find most impressive is the price-performance ratio. I can hardly think of any other malt whisky for only 30 € that could hold a candle to this one. The perfect easy-drinking malt for uncomplicated summer evenings.
Addition: This bottling is significantly lighter than the later sister bottle (WID 175799), but has a significantly stronger aroma. More lemon, more vanilla and overall significantly more tangy.
The alcohol is very well integrated. Very fresh and fruity.
Tender vanilla, lemon, tangerine, apple, a little spice, ginger.
Powerful start, not sharp, surprisingly oily for its age.
Again fresh citrus fruits like tangerine, lemon, orange. In addition, a nice and light nutty flavor.
Medium length and very pleasant. Vanilla, light oak spice and dried mandarin peel remain.
- A more well-rounded affair on the nose than previous installments of the 10-y.o., but the palate is pretty uncompromisingly sour.
Plenty of young spirit aromas like pear brandy, grappa, but also the typical citric and tart, zesty Arran freshness and the beneficial influence of what is undoubtedly some good-quality ex-bourbon wood: sunflower oil, creamy vanilla, dried grass and rich caramel. Judging from memory, this is a (small) step up from earlier (ca. 2016) bottlings of the ten-year-old, in that the cask selection seems to have been improved, with a more creamy and oily character as a result.
Acidic and peppery start, but not unpleasantly so, rather crisp and fresh. There's a tart, mineral middle and a creamier, sweeter finale – not a bad development for a ten-year-old. However, the lemon/lime/grapefruit theme is too dominant for my taste. It's really very tart and astringent, with a mouthwatering but overpowering citrus acidity that blocks out other elements that would have been at least equally – if not more – interesting. I'm missing some maritime character and the rounder, oilier elements that the nose had promised.
Pastry and custard, key lime pie, and still an oily side (chamomile hand cream and sunflower oil, perhaps).
- n: strong, fruit, pineapple, citrus, malt vanilla, apples herbal, sour and fresh
t: fruity, juicy, sweet, oak, fresh, spicy
a: oak, nuts, walnuts, citrus, pineapple
- What a shame, had the old 10 year old (with the green label) as a sample and it blew me away from both the aroma and taste (first association "sour apple rings")!
So I bought the new 10 year old - and a bit disappointed. Imho has lost some of its aroma in the new bottling. Here it's just green apples.
Very fruity, green apple, pear
46% strong start, burns, but tastes very sweet and soft.
Pleasant, short finish
- Too harsh on the stomach, for me.
Maybe too feinty?
I tried this bottle over the course of two weeks - I guess I should have left it open longer, for a month or even half a year. Then, it might have developed into a nice whisky, for me. Thus, I rather not rate it, but leave this thought for others, who might also find the Arran 10 too harsh, at first.
Bright exotic fruits and plums, cinnamon, malty, vanilla
FRESH, sweet, tropical fruits, citrus aromas, some oak spice
Medium length, honey, malty
- new bottle looks nice, the cork is very soft and loose in the bottle. light copper in color. fast tears and liquid in the glass
a nice soft cherry touch, orange peel, soft, soft chocolate, sleek, light alcohol very soft, nuts
creamy, orange peel is back in the taste, alcohol is stronger in taste than the smell, sharp woody taste, not so spicy but still strong,
firm long, strong alcohol, sweet, creamy
exceptionally fresh and sweet malt ... honey, sweet citruses ... apricots ... malt - a crust of hot fresh gray bread ... orange slices in brown cane sugar ...
completely not alcoholic ... very fresh ... in most shades it repeats aromas - sweet ripe citruses, caramel of burnt sugar ... honeyiness ... a bakery with fresh bread ...
long ... velvet ... refreshing ... honey + overripe apricot ... malt ...
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