Arran Quarter Cask

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Bothy
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon, Finish in Quarter Casks
56.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 06 02 20
Added on
16 Jul 2020 10:35 pm by Myke
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 45.27

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Whisky Reviews for Arran Quarter Cask

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.47 points

  1. Myke scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    fruity, spicy and herbaceous on the nose. In the taste, the alcohol attacks the tongue immediately; it can take more than a few drops of water.
    Getting drier with a slight bitterness.
    [80 - 76 = 'really not bad'-whisky --- but do I need a (second) bottle?]
    • Nose
      82 82
      bright fruits and spice (cinnamon) in the foreground. Behind it a certain sweetness with caramel and honey.
      Every now and then the alcohol sticks out together with a "green wood note" / fresh wood.
      With more air, more herbal notes are added, lovage, thyme, basil. But then everything turns into a nut note.
      Here, too, I keep having these "still unripe nut" moments.
      With water: even more herbal aromas, "green" notes.
    • Taste
      81 81
      creamy and oily with plenty of steam; here the malt can take a few more drops of water ...
      The taste is then more fruity than on the nose. Getting drier. Remains spicy on the tongue.
      It goes in the direction of bitter aromas / bitterness of the type 'skin of walnut', but somehow "green" again (I can't get a better grip on it).
      Second sip: spicier again with cinnamon and a slight sweetness.
    • Finish
      78 78
      maximum medium length with spice and at the back still (very slightly bitter) nut flavors.
      Getting drier and drier and pulling all the liquid out of the tongue

  2. og187 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      At first, the caustic and alcoholic, energetic 56.2% makes itself felt + youthful alcohols, after standing +/- 15 minutes malt, cookies, toffee, vanilla, baked goods, some kind of dusty barn with grain.
      The nose is a typical late August wheat harvest that says it all.
    • Taste
      83 83
      berry, fruity, but tart infection, youth says it all
      although I am a stronger lover, but this bite, there is a burning sensation in the mouth for this, many tastes are hidden under alcohol.
    • Finish
      83 83
      warm aftertaste, warming, malty, duchesca

  3. Dris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. tangtang scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    not a bad malt, but not necessarily particularly outstanding either. Easy drinking malt. It is definitely very tasty. The PLV also fits.
    • Nose
      light fruity and slightly sweet, vanilla comes slightly in the background, spicy, oak, slightly malty and nutty. Alcohol works quite well
    • Taste
      nutty, spicy, slightly sweet, light fruits, some vanilla and caramel, pepper, oak notes. Alcohol is more present here.
    • Finish
      spicy finish, sweet nutty with light fruit. Oak comes and becomes slightly bitter. Warming.

  5. BaggyGreen scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    This dram has a phenomenal nose which is extremely inviting. Ex-bourbon cask maturation dominates, providing honey and vanilla aromatics on the nose, with a range of white and orange fruits as a backing canvas. And you wouldn't even notice the 56.2% abv, it's that well integrated. The palate doesn't quite come good on the promise of this nose, but it's still a cracker of a young and lively cask strength NAS malt. The oak spices and tannins on the finish that may be a tad overly strong can be easily moderated with a teaspoon of water, making this a very attractive single malt for the price (great value for money). If you like Arran with a predominantly ex-bourbon cask maturation offering a lively refreshingly fruity approach, then I'm sure you'll enjoy this expression.

  6. stnlskz scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    The Isle of Arran has a long history with whisky. During the 18th century, there were as many as fifty distilleries on the island (the majority of which were underground), all of which have since closed. Founded in 1998, the Arran distillery is now the only one located there.

    On the occasion of Whisky Live in Paris in 2019, the distillery presented its new visual identity, with bottles inspired by costière waves and whose island on the label is reminiscent of a fingerprint.

    This revival also affects its range of whiskys. From now on, The Bothy expression benefits from a refining in quarter cask (125 liter barrels) for two years, supposed to offer it more intensity. This whisky is bottled by force of the cask, at 56.2%

    However, when I smoke this one, the wood is only in the background. It is present, but to highlight the rest: an explosion of tropical fruits (guava, mango, lime). It's like preparing an excellent punch, in which we add a vanilla bean. This fruit is contrasted by beautiful notes of spices, but all these scents are surprisingly sweet.

    With the first sip, the attack is sweet. The fruit quickly reappears afterwards, with notes of lemons, green apples and lychees. It is very pleasant to find different fruits compared to the nose, which intermingle with notes of caramel and sweet spices.

    The finish is astringent and of a good length, the refinement in quarter cask is finally felt here with beautiful woody notes. This Arran is extinguished on orange and dark chocolate.

    This Arran Quarter Cask The Bothy is a nice surprise, because it has this consensual side while having the kind of atypical profile that one looks for in a cask brut.

  7. Child_of_the_Barley scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    Nose: Musty oak with a sweet lemon and Vanilla

    Palate: Rich, dry and slightly acidic with spice coming through late

    Finish: Spiced charred oak, Vanilla and citrus fruits.

    Although there isn't too much complexity with this dram! Another superbly non aged statement whisky from Arran. If it were less than cask strength I dare say it would not do as well. Would deffo buy again!


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