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Arran Kildonan & Pladda Island

Overall rating
89.30/100
votes
96
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Explorers Series - Volume 3
Bottled
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
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 175.51

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Whisky Reviews for Arran Kildonan & Pladda Island

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.30 points

  1. schero scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. SherryDrone scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    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.

  5. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    22 22 21 22 87

    tasty, sweetish but soundly

  7. Simon Stood scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    22/23/22.5/22.5

  8. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  9. funtik1975 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    22/22/22/22

  10. volker40sw scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 09-20-2020 at Lochranza Distillery.

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