Arran Barrel Reserve

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
First-fill Bourbon
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 07 02 20
Added on
16 Jul 2020 10:31 pm by Myke

Average value

€ 27.90

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39 × member ratings

88 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran Barrel Reserve

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.43 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    43-46%, ex-bourbon, Scots, islands

    Fassstark.de taste experiment 2021 (blind tasting)
    • Nose
      84 84
      A fruity nose with fresh oranges and apricots, with vanilla and honey. A couple of sliced almonds and hazelnuts. Marzipan bread, milk chocolate, milk coffee. All in all gentle, but with character.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Dry and spicy start. Shows the same fruits (oranges, apricots) on the tongue as on the nose. Marzipan, almond butter, hazelnuts, honey, vanilla. Some pepper and paprika seasoning.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium length and mirror image of the nose and palate. Very stringent.

  2. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Can't do much, but it's delicious. Maybe something for the summer.

    Blind tasting
    • Nose
      82 82
      Bourbon Cask, light fruity, vanilla, some citrus, malt, sour. Fresh and fruity. The nose gets better with time.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Drinking strength, light, sweet, base malt. Nothing special
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium long, sweet, very light oak

  3. didi1893 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Blind tasting Barrel-strong taste experiment:
    Delicate and tasty nose, almost too bitter and bitter in taste, bourbon cask, 10-12 years max., 48% alcohol content, standard.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, delicately fruity, slightly sweet, a hint of citrus fruits, muted wood tones.
    • Taste
      Tart, lemon, cocoa powder, slight heat, spicy wood, minimally bitter aftertaste, stimulates saliva, maritime, slightly salty, floral and grassy.
    • Finish

  4. Gloin scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting

    meaningless, not enough whisky, but still recognizable as whisky
    • Nose
      Vanilla, orange, peach, delicate flavor
    • Taste
      thin body, very mild, some oak, vanilla, light fruit
    • Finish
      Alcohol, fruit boring

  5. sarthur71 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Appearance: Straw pale gold.

    Nose: Spicy ginger, lemon, apple, vanilla, wood spice, light sea spray.

    Palate: Sweet honey, vanilla, caramel, wood spice, orange. Mellow.

    Finish: Honey, vanilla, apple.

    With Water: More honey and vanilla.

    Overall: Young, sweet, and delicious though simple.

  7. Myke scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    summery (light) fruity on the nose. In the taste, the fruit is missing and a little more young oak pushes forward.
    The Barrel Reserve is the little / younger brother of the Arran 10.
    I paid around 20 euros, which is a fair price. Anything over about 25 euros would be too expensive; you would get the new Arran 10 for that.
    Quite usable for a beginner's malt and a good PLV as a comparison whisky (if around 20 euros!).
    [80 - 76 = 'really not bad'-whisky --- but do I need a (second) bottle?]
    • Nose
      80 80
      Light fruits are immediately present on the nose: juicy pear, green apple with a slight acidity (scent of apple blossom), with a little peach and apricot.
      A spice can be heard in the background, but it's turned down quite a bit. Instead, there is a fresh oak wood character that is not too dominant.
      With time and air, a herbal and floral note is added. The initially existing, partly pungent alcohol note is now gone.
      In terms of colors: for me it levels off from an initially light yellow, through a rich yellow, to a greenish-yellow color.
    • Taste
      80 80
      very soft start. A spiciness occurs only cautiously, then arrives on the tongue in a fresh oak-wood structure.
      The fruits are back, but not as strong as the nose would have suggested.
      Second sip: sweeter (powdered sugar) and again a bit fruity. A little malt is added, which leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      76 76
      At the back, young, fresh oak, with a slight bitter note that is just before bitterness.
      The tongue is getting drier. Fruits are practically no longer noticeable.
      The finish as such is rather short to medium long.

  8. ralle1968 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    in the
    Glass of nonsense of the nose: light straw yellow. No streaks. On the nose I have fresh oak and (! J white rum.

    On the palate: A 40 percent, tangy on the tongue, then oak and a little bourbon. Light, increasingly sweet - more from yellow fruits.

    Aftertaste: Apparently matured in active casks. Delicious when on the terrace in summer.


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