Arran 10-year-old

Overall rating
84.07/100
votes
117
Whiskybase ID
WB149334
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 23 01 20
Barcode
5060044480638
Added on
18 feb 2020 4:48 pm by danilo
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 40.00

19 × in wishlist

117 × member ratings

292 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Arran 10-year-old

30 users have left 32 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.07 points.

  1. malts0343 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    An all-rounded and balanced expression of the Arran Distillery.
    • Nose
      85 85
      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.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Briny and even salty at first. Full-bodied with sweetness and lemon. It then progresses to oakiness and some spice.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long, sweet with a little bit of spice.

  2. hzs275 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. oldking scored this whisky 77 points Newbie

    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

  4. bankimate scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. DillaDonut1 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. whiskyfan_olli scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. valasios scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. BaggyGreen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    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.
    • Nose
      85 85
      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!
    • Taste
      83 83
      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.
    • Finish
      84 84
      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!

  9. Whiskygimple scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Glenfarclaus scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Price-performance top!
    • Nose
      sweet fruit, vanilla
    • Taste
      spicy, malty, oak
    • Finish
      medium-long finish

  11. Dris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  12. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  13. WLGOAGN scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tremendous value for money and a must buy for someone beginning their journey, or someone looking to try their first OB Arran. Solid recommendation.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. pecathor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    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!
    • Nose
      84 84
      fruit, green apples, pears, sultanas, honey, some spice
    • Taste
      85 85
      full and sweet, definitely fruit, strawberry jam, apples, honey, malt, some bitterness comes with sour notes
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short to medium, not so strong, fades out rather fast, sweet, fruit, notes of oak wood

  15. Saftkenner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The alcohol is very well integrated. Very fresh and fruity.
      Tender vanilla, lemon, tangerine, apple, a little spice, ginger.
    • Taste
      86 86
      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.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length and very pleasant. Vanilla, light oak spice and dried mandarin peel remain.

  16. Totoro scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A more well-rounded affair on the nose than previous installments of the 10-y.o., but the palate is pretty uncompromisingly sour.
    • Nose
      85 85
      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.
    • Taste
      79 79
      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.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Pastry and custard, key lime pie, and still an oily side (chamomile hand cream and sunflower oil, perhaps).

  17. Othorion scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  18. maltaholic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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 ...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. Svjatogor scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    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

  20. tester1277 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      Very fruity, green apple, pear
    • Taste
      46% strong start, burns, but tastes very sweet and soft.
    • Finish
      Pleasant, short finish

  21. Expraesi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  22. MetalWarrior did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    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.

  23. Sporx scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Bright exotic fruits and plums, cinnamon, malty, vanilla

    taste
    FRESH, sweet, tropical fruits, citrus aromas, some oak spice

    finish
    Medium length, honey, malty

  24. Archer scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      83 83
      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.
    • Taste
      83 83
      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.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Exit
      Nutty and malty, dry. Short rather than medium long.

  25. Goldenwhiskycave scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    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
    • Nose
      74 74
      a nice soft cherry touch, orange peel, soft, soft chocolate, sleek, light alcohol very soft, nuts
    • Taste
      70 70
      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,
    • Finish
      71 71
      firm long, strong alcohol, sweet, creamy

  26. Derufus scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. Ninofdram scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Very pleasant nose. Soft with vanilla, coconut and honey
    • Taste
      84 84
      Citrus, fresh and a bit sharp. Soft malty.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Not so long but packs some heat even this it's only 46% nutty aftertaste and some bitter dark chocolate

  28. mogumogumogu scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      60 60

  29. antyloop scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      exceptionally fresh and sweet malt ... honey, sweet citruses ... apricots ... malt - a crust of hot fresh gray bread ... orange slices in brown cane sugar ...
    • Taste
      87 87
      completely not alcoholic ... very fresh ... in most shades it repeats aromas - sweet ripe citruses, caramel of burnt sugar ... honeyiness ... a bakery with fresh bread ...
    • Finish
      85 85
      long ... velvet ... refreshing ... honey + overripe apricot ... malt ...

  30. ShayneSG scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    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.

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