- 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
25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.77 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
- 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