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Arran Sherry Cask

Overall rating
85.25/100
votes
116
Whiskybase ID
WB154049
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

€ 53.12

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Whisky Reviews for Arran Sherry Cask

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.25 points

  1. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    15ml/¥300@Isetan.

    Appearance: Pretty red-orange-amber.

    Nose: Sherry! Chocolate, raisins, grapes, wax, vanilla.

    Palate: Sweet barley sugar, raisins, chocolate, vanilla, light spice, caramel, cinnamon and ginger. Big and sweet.

    Finish: Peppery and spicy, sweet honey and raisins.

    With Water: Dried apricot comes out, light banana.

    Overall: Beautiful fruit, especially with water, rich dried fruits including my beloved dried apricot flavors. Fabulous.

  2. fnk scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Bright, rich malt.
    I will definitely come back to it again.

  3. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Exciting mix. The fruity, fresh citrus notes are complemented by the sweet, spicy sherry without one of the two gaining the upper hand. I like it.
    • Nose
      A nice mix of spicy sherry notes and fresh citrus notes. Blood orange! Lemon peel, sweet sherry flavors.
    • Taste
      Strong start, the spicy, slightly sour notes mix with sweet sherry and tart oak.
    • Finish
      More sherry flavors, oak flavor. The fruity notes are on the edge, bitter orange, but the sherry dominates the finish.

  4. 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.

  5. honerkamp scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    I'm still a little gun-shy with sherry casks, but fortunately this isn't a sherry bomb. Without water, it was a light pleasant dram with some of the fruit you'd expect, but nothing exceptional. Water definitely brings out more in the spirit, and while it's still not exceptional it's a very nice dram. Finish is long and it actually feels like it's at a higher ABV than it it is, I'm still undecided on whether the finish is mostly due to the alcohol.

  6. Foudos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  7. IronChic scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. JoshNRW scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Blue blind glass.
    Drinkable youngster, but not quite my profile and not a real pleasure that I could smell forever.
    • Nose
      84 84
      84.5
      Nice classic rather fruity sherry profile, but still slightly bubbly.
      Very present apple note, after 15 minutes also a lot of vanilla and after adding water a surprising herbal note (rosemary?) In the background.
      But too smooth with water.
      Not a real sherry board.
      I can still find mint and lemon somewhere.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Nice and warm and somehow soft / round, but at the same time a bit spicy.
      Nice profile that I like better than my nose. Here the sherry profile is also a little darker than the nose, but still one of the fruity variety with a noticeable hint of juniper gin and dry wood.
    • Finish
      84 84
      This is even possible for the PLV.

  10. SMOKY_WHISKY scored this whisky 80 points Newbie

    Very good whisky

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