Arran Amarone Cask Finish

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Amarone Cask Finish
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 18 06 20;L 19 06 20
Added on
06 Aug 2020 11:23 am by Ras Mazunga

Average value

€ 50.89

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Whisky Reviews for Arran Amarone Cask Finish

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.88 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    C: I’ve tried, re-tried and reviewed this very recently [WLP85], but things are so different when you’re tasting blind. What hasn’t changed is how favourably I’ve received this Arran each and every time, and it’s been the same for those around me. It’s all-sherry yet with subtlety, this is an easy tasty treat that doesn’t require much thought. Plenty tannic by the end, medium-weighted sweet malty sherry juice pleasurably permeates the palate to the last.

    Scores 85 points – the same as before so it turns out. It seems to have sold out almost everywhere since it first showed up on my radar after a SWAG Arran Distiller’s tasting a month or so ago [WLP]. Fortunately, I managed to grab a couple of bottles just in time – one to drink, and another to, erm, drink!

  2. tangtang scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    beautiful cask finish, very varied in the aromas from the nose to the palate. Good PLV
    • Nose
      strong wine notes at the beginning, dark dried fruits, raisins, spicy, plums,
    • Taste
      a lot of dried fruits, drying very quickly, slightly sweet and spicy, later a little pepper
    • Finish
      fruity and spicy, herbs, oak, dried fruits, later becoming dry

  3. AmmitMitchum scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Very interesting rich wine nose but unlike classic Port or Sherry wines. Love the Rose colour - so unusual for a whisky. Dried fruits all the way in the taste with a hint of spice. This is probably the most Irish-tasting Arran whisky. Very smooth and oily. Taste is not as muted as other Arran whisky I tasted and I do like that. Finish is medium long with fruits and vanilla. Do not roll on the tongue for long though as it gets dry and astringent really quick.

  4. Gweddry scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    delicate and perfume fruit aromas like nowhere else
    • Nose
      sweet, sweet wine, rhubarb, fudge, strawberry jam, red apples, malt, banana sandwich, oatmeal, lokumi, cherries, watermelon, creamy strawberry ice cream, cranberries
    • Taste
      juicy, sweet, rose wine, rhubarb, multivitamin juice, strawberry ice cream, apple, red currant,
    • Finish
      weaker, rose wine, oatmeal, apples, strawberry ice cream, tannin, grape skins, crusaders

  5. the_muskox scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    It is, in fact, overbearingly winey and tart, but to me in a refreshing sort of way. Definitely one for the summertime, maybe even with ice. I knew from my last bottle of this that
    it would be way better with loads of water, which cuts the sourness a good bit. It’s almost more wine than whisky – almost like how sherry bombs can seem to be more sherry than scotch. Like, I’d drink this I feel like you might enjoy this if you like Campari, or fruit sour beers. This is definitely a whisky I’d enjoy sipping, but maybe not something I’d pour if I felt like drinking whisky. Nah’ mean?

    Nose: Smells a bit like rosé, too. Tart red wine and fresh fruit: strawberries, cherries, pomegranate, watermelon Jolly Ranchers, hibiscus, and Turkish delight. Some rounder sweet notes come forward on the next sniffs: caramel apples, strawberry ice cream, graham crackers, and milk chocolate.

    Palate: Medium-light texture. Very tart on the arrival. Cranberry juice, pomegranate, grapefruit, sour green apples, and thick honey. Slightly bitter oak and pomegranate on the development, with ginger-spiced dark chocolate, rosehip tea, and sour grapes. That tart cranberry carries all the way to the finish.
    With a few drops of water, things aren’t quite as sour. With a whole pile of water, it gets quite marshmallow-sweet and the mouthfeel improves.

    Finish: Medium-short, sweet-tart. Red berries topped with whipped cream, grape skins, watermelon, ginger, white floral tea tannins, and paraffin. Marshmallows and extra-dark chocolate.
    Water adds loads of sugared grapefruit.

  6. rubadub78 scored this whisky 87 points Newbie


  7. Myke scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    ostensibly I have many (dark) red aromas of strawberry and cherry with a slight acidity, but also a slight sweetness.
    On the nose it actually reminds me more of a rosé wine.
    For me it can take a few drops of water, makes it more pleasing, softer; But fruit notes are still there; Advantage: it is no longer so tart / bitter in taste.
    With a few drops it opens up more - at least I think so.
    [85 - 81 = delicious -> get a second bottle if price is within the range]
    • Nose
      red fruits (sweet strawberries; ripe, dark cherries) dominate the foreground, they also bring a slightly sour note, which harmonizes well with the sweetness.
      Behind it honey and caramel.
      Red wine / rosé aroma joins it, tannins spread in the nose.
      In the background a soft spice, with time also some herbs.
      The alcohol stings your nose every now and then, but is largely well integrated.
      I also have a musty "old moss" / "old wood" note (but only through one nostril ... confusing and exciting at the same time).
    • Taste
      Immediately spicy on the tongue, red fruits, tannins, spice ... sparkling 50%. Quickly turns into a bitter note, which partly goes into the bitterness (can also be daily form)
      With water: much softer, more pleasing, sweeter, I hardly have that bitter note anymore. Furthermore red fruits, slight sweetness.
      Little honey and caramel, but some chocolate.
      The red wine influence cannot be denied.
    • Finish
      getting drier, spice and tannins cover the tongue. Medium / long fading.

  8. mtbmarco scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Red fruits, honey, straw, nuts
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fruity, lemon, spicy
    • Finish
      82 82
      Chocolate does not linger for long.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    Aged for 7-8 years in bourbon casks followed by a 9-month finish in fresh Amarone wine casks. Amarone is a North/Northeastern Italian wine made from well-ripened grapes which translates to plenty of sugars and very little tannin.

    N: “Dessert whisky” says Mariella, this has PX & [tawny] port [cask-finished] vibes. There’s huskiness too and a creaminess, blu-tac > Polyfilla, tomato plants & the soil of,… which demonstrates there’s more to this than just that initial wine-brought sweetness. Good stuff so far.

    T: It sure is sweet [to begin with], but in a very welcoming way – reminiscent of Mackmyra’s Skordetid in part. Why Amarone? “It creates balance”, says our host. What balances the sweetness [for me] is a citric quality with more of that distinct waxy vegetal aspect [later on],.. and runny vegetal [green juice] caramel,…

    F: ,… all at the front > middle of the mouth,…. slightly tannic at the end then bitter~>sweet, slightly peppery – one of very few signifiers that this is at 50% = dangerous!

    C: There are a number of competitors producing this sweet[er] red wine style of whisky. No doubt it’s tricky to nail an Amarone finish without over-powering the spirit, but here, we have a very desirable result – one that appears to suit the distillery’s citrus character well. Let’s hope they made a big batch. This appeared popular on the night. It’s a bottle I’ll be buying.

  10. besar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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


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