Arran Kildonan & Pladda Island

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Explorers Series - Volume 3
Stated Age
21 years old
Sherry Butts, Puncheons and Ruby Port Pipes
Number of bottles
50.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 May 2020 10:19 pm by Spitfire73
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 206.86

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Whisky Reviews for Arran Kildonan & Pladda Island

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.94 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

  2. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. yorkieterror 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.


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