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Arran Sherry Cask

Overall rating
85.02/100
votes
48
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Bodega
Bottled
06.02.2020
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Strength
55.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L06 02 20
Barcode
5060044483776
Added on
31 Mar 2020 1:27 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 52.19

4 × in wishlist

48 × member ratings

196 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran Sherry Cask

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.02 points

  1. volker40sw scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 11-22-2020.

  2. jkswift scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Defeatless scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Quite an easy going sherried whisky. A good replacement of the A'Bunnadh, which keeps on getting more and more expensive.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Full sherry hit, quite a fruity one. The main notes are dried fruit, ripe red berries and some sweet oak in the background.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Full sweet and sherry, this one can handle some water. Again this is on the fruity side, loads of raisins, red fruit and grapes.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long length. Just quite similar to the taste, a slight bitter note, but overall pleasing.

  4. mer1973 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Gareth74 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    They’ve got the look. Now they need to make the scotch to match.

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Arran. Like Edradour and a few others, they tend to make pretty decent scotch that flies consistently under the radar. I imagine this has much more to do with marketing budgets than anything else though. But now Arran is making a bit of a noise, suddenly out of nowhere they’ve now got some pretty excellent and highly individual and recognisable packaging and you can feel the self confidence exuding from the brand from this change. Arran wants your attention.

    On the nose this is coming out the glass with heat and fruit. A big, deep sniff and it engulfs the senses, an abundance of dark sherry and dried fruits coat a freshly sawn pile of wood. Cedar wood and oak and a little pine sap. It feels a little rough and ready, young even. There’s cocoa, a sour note, some ginger and a bitter wood note too. Overall it’s a powerful, forceful nose but ultimately a little frustrating. The sherry and the red fruits and the varnish character completely squash the spirit and unlike, say Macallan 12 sherry wood, it feels a in need of a bit of a polish.

    In the mouth it’s really the same as the nose. Initially the arrival is sweet, sherry unloads all its dark fruits and spices with a bang, then wood follows with nice warm tannins. There’s ginger and cocoa and milk chocolate and red liquorice. But it’s hot. Hot and boozy. The pepper and ginger and wood accentuates the mouth heat from the spirit making it feel a little wild and unrestrained. You get a feeling that it would be better either at a lover ABV or a little longer in the cask.

    So, overall not bad. It lacks finesse but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s a bit hot and young feeling, but it could easily be improved. It feels a little simple and rough around the edges but it shows the confidence Arran has in their distillery. It’s not up to the same standard as the sherry masters like Glendronach, Glenfarclas or Macallan but it’s a great new beginning for them. So for now, it’s a case of living up to the promise of the new packaging, with a few tweaks I think they’ll easily get there.

  6. Finn2206 scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Nose: cherries, berries, light sweetness
    Taste: light fruity sweetness like the nose
    Finish: little spicy, deeper sherry sweetness, dades

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