Arran Kildonan & Pladda Island

Overall rating
88.84/100
votes
285
Whiskybase ID
WB158705
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Explorers Series - Volume 3
Bottled
20.05.2020
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butts, Puncheons and Ruby Port Pipes
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
50.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060044483882
Added on
20 may 2020 10:19 pm by Spitfire73

Average value

€ 254.40

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Whisky reviews for Arran Kildonan & Pladda Island

65 users have left 66 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.84 points.

  1. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A terrific dram that fully exploits the advantages of a small batch release. A lot of character like in single casks and on the other hand the complexity of a vatting.
    • Nose
      93 93
      A mixture of sherry flavors, nice and sweet, sugar beet syrup, forest honey, leather, deep wood notes, a touch of mineral notes with citrus and a little dried ginger - the character of the distillery is clearly fighting its way past the barrel, I could sniff my way
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet and creamy, a bit spicy and quite strong but pleasant bitterness, citrus peel, very complex and interwoven
    • Finish
      91 91
      Intense dryness and sweet raisins, the warmth and sweetness remain forever on the palate and invite you to take another sip

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  3. Jimbeau scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Arran is an exciting distillery. A super clean distillate and therefore always on the edge between really good and a bit boring.

    This one with its juicy PX sherry influence is an unusual Arran, but a very good one with weaknesses in the finish.
    • Nose
      90 90
      89.5
      The first nose totally reminds me of a heavy, old, mature cognac. The alcohol is very well integrated even in Blenders. Nice clean sherry aromas of raisins, plums and all the fruity sherry aromas that one unfortunately often looks for in vain in modern sherry malts today. Little to no acidity, the sweetness is pronounced and not clumsy.
      Very heavy for an arran, but of the good heavy variety.

      With water it becomes a bit more modern and that's why I prefer to leave the water out. But if you add more water, it suddenly becomes spicier and still not thin. That's what I like about a whisky very much.
    • Taste
      89 89
      88.5
      On the palate it starts with a little more acidity before the sweetness and I don't like that so much. Light tannins on the palate for the first time, but they hardly have any room behind the dark fruity sweetness.

      The complexity is not particularly pronounced, but the overall profile is coherent here.

      He tolerates water well, but not much surprising happens.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is only medium-long and a bit too quick for the previous impression.
      The mouthfeel is thick, however, with no off notes and unfortunately almost no tannins.

  5. Koning scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting: A well aged dram with quite some cask influence, only the finish is below par for me.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet fruits, rather spicy, some liquorice and a note of well aged malt whisky: dusty oak, reminiscent of old furniture.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Rich and full, with warm spices, brown sugar, vanilla and cacao. Sour citrus fruits and a metalic note counter the sweetness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Starts fruity, with sour oranges, cherries and raisins. Spices develop; the finish becomes quite dry and bitter. A hint of sulphurous soap spoils the finish a bit.

  6. davidloosli scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Cherries, marzipan with oranges flavor, raspberry, refreshing mint, nice fruitiness, a lot of berries;
      with water: vanilla, citrus fruit, chocolaty
    • Taste
      oily, drier, dark berries, cassis, syrupy sweetness;
      with water: sourer, slightly tropical, creamy chocolate
    • Finish
      very fresh, Fisherman's, dark chocolate, light bitterness, Cola;
      with water: bitterness almost completely gone, backing spices, cacao powder, furry

  7. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Big sweet sherry and cognac notes, cherries, currants, raisins, plum, red sweets, slightly damp (wet leaves) and leathery (even a bit waxy), cinnamon and some clove at the back.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Full and big, sweet and sour fruit overload with cherry, plum, raisins and maybe some figs. Takes water quite well, slighty winey (both sweet and sour), still the waxy leather, dark cocoa, espresso, sweet pepper, nutmeg and clove.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long: more of the thick fruits (mostly sour now), also much more bitter chocolate, leather and again the slight damp feel at back with a clear dry spiciness of sweeter peppers and clove.

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  12. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  13. Steven79 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    29-12-2021
    • Nose
      75 75
      sherry, red fruit
    • Taste
      76 76
      sherry, red fruit, vanilla, dark chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg
    • Finish
      75 75
      vanilla, dark chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg

  15. ny1912 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very nice dram which needed a drop of water to open it up. I like the nose best but the finish is lovely too, 3 minutes after swallowing the taste is still powerfull there.
    • Nose
      90 90
      First impression 88 but a drop of water opened it up much more so easy 90 now.
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. romantickizzel scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Superb but totally port cask driven. Tastes like a cask strength Ararat Nairi 20yo. Side by side these are very similar. Would be nice to get more typical Arran character in there but who cares- it's delicious.

  19. Finn2206 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  20. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. larswehmeier scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Delicious dram that shows off all of its genes to the full. Sherry + port + maritime island flavors. Goes great together!
    • Nose
      vinous, grapes, sweet, mild, citrus.
      Great combination of sherry + port + maritime island flavors.
    • Taste
      warming, creamy, chocolaty, raisins.
    • Finish
      mild, maximum medium length, chocolaty.

  22. lucero scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. bankimate scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  24. VEF206 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  25. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  26. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Had a glass of this one right at the opening of the bottle, then another a few months later. Both didn't impress me. Now the bottle is ending and I'm having a last one, so let's see.

    N : sherry (thanks captain obvious), toffee, hazelnuts. Very light but very nice herbal note (verbena or chamomille ?). Pepper and a few red fruits. Globally sweet and well done, except for a bit of alcohol tickling, but neither powerful, complex nor delicate.
    M : spicier and more acidic. Sherried bitterness (nutskin) I'm not fond of. Orange peels and dark chocolate (I'm fond of). Dry, with an under-average body.
    F : still on the bitter side, but lighter. Fresh first, with verbena and overinfused green tea (read : astringency). Ends on a note of rose perfume.
    Didn't take water very well in my different tries. More spices, orange peels, chocolate and alcohol on the nose. In the mouth everything is flattened, developping notes of Curaçao. Ends with a green tree bark impression.

    I'm not fond of the bitter profile, but this whisky isn't as successful as the reviews made me believe. I believe they aged well an average spirit. That fits the general profile of recent Arran releases. 6/10

  27. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. Will_iam scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  29. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  30. stalker1971 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. dapoinbua scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

  32. TheWhiskySloth scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    My joint favourite of the series next to the Lochranza Castle. Both are well composed and balanced but just show different character/styles. This is the more Sherry forward.
    • Nose
      Wonderful Sherry notes at play here. Pain au Raisin (and all the constituent parts), sticky malt loaf, dried cranberries, toffee pennies, almonds, nutmeg, hints of cinnamon and ginger.
    • Taste
      Sits well in the mouth; creamy and coating. Granola, drizzled in golden and maple syrup, sticky toffee, strong tea and citrus peel.
    • Finish
      Long and dry with sweet raisins and ginger cake.

  33. elipszis scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
      buttery
      raisins
      leathery
      sherry
      salty
      oranges
      dark chocolate
      mineral
      sandy
      musty
      cinnamon
      vanilla
    • Taste
      92 92
      sherry
      clove
      oily
      rich and intense
      woody
      buttery
    • Finish
      92 92
      dark choclate
      woody
      dry
      winy
      musty
      mushroom
      sherry
      long finish

  34. Julia E S did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Sample testing

    This whisky is very uncomplicated to enjoy despite its age. The sweetness of the port and the pleasant oak aromas harmonize really well and make the whole thing really tasty.

    A lot of vinous aromas combined with leather and earthy aromas. The earthy aromas remind me of an autumn walk in the forest when the leaves are fading away so nicely.
    Nice long finish in which the oak nicely complements the sweetness of the wine barrels.

    A very successful bottling! From my point of view, the wine barrels could only be a little more subtle. (Potential 92+)

  35. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  36. Comet67 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  37. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    1601) Arran, 21YO, Kildonan & Pladda Island, The Explorers Series Volume 3
    • Nose
      N- Rather unusual 100% sherry mature then finished in Ruby Port cask. Superior well aged sherry notes shows with thick flow of unsweetened chocolate rolled over gingered coffee. Tint of mineral and stewed berries go along toasted herbs, nutty and spirits soaked raisins. Without any Bourbon cask in the vat, this remains dark and low-lying but boosted with much alluring substance. (91/22)
    • Taste
      P- Masculine and full mouthfeel, lightly oxidize sherry notes with dried plum carry through, stewed berries drifts in before whelmed by rich oak spices and bitter sweet caramelized malt candy. (92/23)
    • Finish
      F- Long, waxy oak fading out with oxidized nuances. Dark, complex and balance with semi dry dark sherry at hearts with teasing sweet port. (91/22)

      B/B- 93/23 Elegantly aged with fine depth to explores.

      Weighted Rate- 90pt

  38. chrisyeo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose - Sherry honey sweetness , easy to nose , fruity
    Taste - Sweetness , then very mild peppery spice
    Finish - Medium lingering sherry sweetness, some wood

    Sample from Darren How
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry honey sweetness , easy to nose , fruity
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweetness , then very mild peppery spice
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium lingering sherry sweetness, some wood

  39. Soderberg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  40. Cipidos scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  41. StephenG scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  42. Joint86 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Excellent balanced very interesting whisky. % alcohol is very comfortable. Disposable for a long thorough tasting and analysis of derivatives.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Complex, delicate. Vanilla-floral and fruity motifs are well intertwined with an excellent sherry bouquet of prunes, cocoa, dark chocolate, caramel, barberry
    • Taste
      91 91
      Dense, rich, rich in derivatives. Toffee, strong tea, black currant, dried fruits, spices
    • Finish
      91 91
      Very long, slightly astringent, but not heavy. Spices, spices, a little oak.

  43. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  44. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Right after opening the bottle, it doesn't impress. Very much on the red fruit side, but not really as candied as I expected. On the bitter side of sherry which I'm not fond of. Nice spices though and seem overall complex. I'm coming back to this in some months for sure.

  45. Ninofdram scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  46. Derufus scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  47. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Really good stuff. I wouldn't have trusted Arran;). Heavy modern sherry profile, very spicy and ideally complemented by the port influences. Balanced between fruity sweetness, leathery age and spice in your face. Very long, complex and pleasant finish.
    My association:
    You come to a room without a window, everything including the ceiling is made of polished mahogany, there are old leather wing chairs inside. Raisins and dark chocolate are on the table. A servant comes and brings fresh cherries. The smell of coffee draws in. And fruit cake. I sit down and stay there for a long time. I like it

  48. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I had already struggled for nice words for this wonderful malt, so I noticed the notes of "schero". Just like that ! .... Thanks goes out to Robert. Described wonderfully. There is nothing to improve or add. :)
    Only on the points did we not agree.
    Additionally, thanks to André for the great rehearsal.

  49. Expraesi scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  50. sarthur71 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  51. toklian scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F21 B22

  52. KonstUA scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21, taste 21.5, finish 22, balance 21.5

  53. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  54. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    22 22 21 22 87
    21 22 21 22 86

    tasty, sweetish but soundly

  55. Simon Stood scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    22/23/22.5/22.5

  56. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  57. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22/22/22/22

  58. claymore84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 09-20-2020 at Lochranza Distillery.

  59. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  60. HedonistMan scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    It's amazing
    • Nose
      Sherry, port, flowers, some spicy
    • Finish
      Long and nice

  61. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Glass blenders. Stood for 20 minutes.
    Aroma: excellent sherry, fruity-polished with tones of old lacquered wood. Cool, but nothing out of the ordinary and multi-layered.
    Taste: excellent, sherry and wood, turning into varnish, and then into fruits (raisins, figs and prunes, sun-dried bananas), which remain in the form of a long pleasant aftertaste ...
    Posh Malt.
    89

  62. SherryDrone scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Go with an open mind. U will be pleasantly surprised. This one is quite good.

    Packed similar to the previous 2 editions, the tim box is quite flimsy. Mine had some bends. The seller was willing to exchange but all of them had some minor damages.

    A limited edition of ‘9000’ bottles at 50.4%. Well it strictly is not limited then. Matured in sherry butts and puncheons and finished in ‘Ruby’ port casks.

    Color: Mahogany. Copperish ruby.

    Nose: Manuka honey, caramel custard, Very robust. Bursting with flavours. Heavy influence of the port wine cask finish. Red cherries, sweetened custard, raspberries, sultanas, cranberries, and some aniseed. A bit of sugared almonds and cloves but more sweet.

    Palate: The distillery character still exists. Not overshadowed by the casks. Loads of cream custard, kiwi fruits with some oak spice and peppercorns in mid palate. Rose petals and sandalwood. The port cask influence dominates the ex-sherry cask influence. Full bodied. Thick and viscous. Vintage feel from its age reflects. Some sweet dates. Milk chocolate. Excellent. Brilliant.

    Finish: Long. Juicy. Sugar dusted berries and some rose. Port wine influence shines with that ‘berry’ and ‘honey’ woven finish. Some powdered cardamom flavour lasts.

    Its a sweet dessert whisky. Alright. But it is also superb and a terrific vintage dram thats full of robust flavours. Go with an open mind and try it. U would love it.

  63. Igitor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  64. Arwen scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  65. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    What I like about this Arran in addition to the beautiful fruity sweetness is above all the interesting interplay with the ginger sharpness in my mouth that is beautifully integrated for me. That makes it exciting and works well together. But what I don't like: the price for what is offered. It is very tasty, but for> 150 euros I expect a little more.
    (Rating: -)
    • Nose
      87 87
      fruity-sweet; Oranges; Red berries; some vanilla; delicate oak flavor
    • Taste
      88 88
      full-bodied and sweet; red fruits (berries); some chocolate; Ginger (spicy) lies on the tongue; in addition there is a clear spiciness
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium length; spicy; Red fruits; White pepper; Ginger (spicy); delicate tart oak

  66. minyPB did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Hello. I would like to buy metal box for this bottle. Please pm me if you have. Thanks

  67. rampah scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The Port casks are very dominant.

    If you like sweet and balanced whiskys, then you will certainly enjoy this one.

    I liked "Brodick Bay" and "Lochranza Castle" a little better.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

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