Arran Sauternes Cask Finish

Overall rating
83.06/100
votes
152
Whiskybase ID
WB163347
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
19.06.2020
Casktype
Sauternes Cask Finish
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060044481949
Added on
06 aug 2020 11:27 am by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 55.68

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Whisky reviews for Arran Sauternes Cask Finish

30 users have left 30 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.06 points.

  1. cloudyweedram scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Refreshing, despite the rather strong alcoholic top note. Underneath that we have lime sorbet, unripe avocado, and a little saffron. Rock sugar added some clean sweetness. Floral and grassy notes followed, which is quite rich, like walking in a sunny meadow. There's also white grape, and notes of plywood shop. Vanilla wafer biscuits appeared in the end and the aroma rested on that. Quite delightful, and intriguing.
    • Taste
      82 82
      The initial taste is a mix of sweetened orange and lime juices, which is also very fragrant. But there's also bitterness that is just a bit too much, which doesn't seems to blend in very well. I have had a bottle of 16 Yo sauternes finished Benriach which I recall is much rounder, richer and more integrated.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Following what's in the palate, bitter orange comes naturally in the after taste. The finish is long enough, and gentle.

  2. Don Cassi scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    The nose is relatively reserved and only hesitantly releases fine aromas of honey, citrus and light grapes. Compared to the 10 much lighter and far less wood driven.

    The sweet impression continues in the mouth and is supplemented by slightly sour fruit notes, which intensify again on the finish, but also quickly fade again due to the rather mild note of wood.
    Length: 3/10

    Overall nice, pleasant and light whisky for warm summer days on the terrace.

    Grade: 2

  3. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    This bottling is definitely on the sweet side. But she definitely knows how to convince. The interplay of the fruit and the floral notes is also very successful. Sauternes bottlings are unfortunately rare. That's why I'm always happy when I have one of them in my glass. Especially when it's as well made as this one.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/arran-sauternes-cask-finish-2020/
    • Nose
      A syrupy honey sweetness spreads as soon as I hold my nose over the glass. This sweetness combines with ripe fruits like honeydew melon, apricots and peaches. The Sauternes is immediately present. However, he cannot completely displace the bourbon cask. I also find typical bourbon flavors like vanilla and caramel. The aroma also reminds me a little of a flower meadow. The 50% alcohol by volume is well integrated. After the first taste, the aroma becomes more floral, the flower meadow more dominant. A hint of oak comes through as well.
    • Taste
      On the other hand, you can feel it more strongly on the tongue. I immediately have a tingle on the tip of my tongue. Then the honey sweetness, which I also had in my nose, spreads in my mouth. The fruits speak up and dominate the mouthfeel together with the sweetness. The bourbon flavors move in the background. The ripe melons and apricots are clearly perceptible again.
    • Finish
      The finish also stays sweet for a long time. The spicy oak is added, but without being bitter. Overall, the finish is pleasantly long and warming.

      With water:
      I can't find any significant changes in the aroma. The mouthfeel becomes a little softer and more pleasing with water. You don't necessarily need it, because the alcohol is nicely integrated even without water.

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    An interesting yet beautiful young whisky that feigns a sweet nose before hitting with a surprisingly tart fruity note. I like it.
    • Nose
      Sweet, spicy nose, vanilla, citrus, maybe some grapes, like a nice pastry. Rather tender at first, but more and more ingratiating and intense over time.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly strong in the mouth, it comes across as a bit racy, the basic sweetness can be guessed at, but tart citrus zest and quite a light herbal note surprise with a tart, fresh mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      The finish then combines both, a beautiful, almost winy basic sweetness and tart fresh citrus aromas. Surrounded by a quite strong oak spice.

  5. Spoerkel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Fruity, tangerine. Pretty thin for 50%. The finish is more impressive than expected.
    Neat PLV.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. KB201 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Stored in an ex-bourbon cask, this Arran single malt was allowed to rest in a Sauternes sweet wine cask, which gives it its golden color and wonderfully sweet taste.
    Amarone Finish, Port Finish and Sauternes Finish are now part of the so-called core range.

  7. Saftkenner scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice Arran for friends of very sweet bottlings. Except for the somewhat dominant alcohol note, I like it quite a lot. Nevertheless, I very much welcome the fact that it was still bottled with such a pleasantly high drinking strength. Often available at a very fair price of under € 40.
    • Nose
      86 86
      First of all, a lot of alcohol, but also a very nice sweetness. Vanilla, juicy lemon cake, fine oak seasoning, tangerine, lemongrass, herbs of Provence.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Slightly peppery start. Tangerine, vanilla, yellow gummy bears, honey, salty caramel.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length finish. At the end slightly dry and a few tannins can be heard.

  8. dannygorsch scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Sweet and straightforward
    • Nose
      83 83
      light, not too complex, sweet, powdered sugar, a hint of maltyness and pears
    • Taste
      82 82
      very sweet, spirity, banana, some bitter sensation after some minutes in the glass.
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium finish, more balanced after some time.

  9. Markie81 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Very poor whisky.
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      73 73

  10. fnk scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    If the memory is equal to the release of 13 years, then this one is not worth it. Very sluggish somehow, not clearly, a weak release ..

  11. elipszis scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      almond
      peach
      white chocolate
      salty
      floral
      woody
    • Taste
      86 86
      salty
      buttery
      oily
      floral
      peach
    • Finish
      86 86
      peach
      bitterish
      medium long

  12. Koning scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Except for the nice nose, it is a simple and immature dram. Not one to hold in the mouth for too long.
    • Nose
      84 84
      It's quite fruity with apple, mandarin, white grapes and some banana. I also get cardamom and honey. The nose is the best part of this dram!
    • Taste
      79 79
      Apples and citrus fruits followed by ginger, nutmeg and pepper. It's a bit creamy and briny, but also quite bitter and greenish / young. Also, it feels surprisingly thin for 50%.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Bitter citrus fruits, some minerals and a dry herbal spicyness. The initial soapiness fades away luckily.

  13. JoachimV scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      White grapes, grapefruit, I also clearly have the maritime character in the nose and afterwards I even have a little red fruit?
    • Taste
      White grapes, mandarin, kiwi, citrus fruit
    • Finish
      Medium finish, very dry (too dry).

      I like the Arran 10 better..

  14. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Well this is not particularly my cup of tea
    • Nose
      Yellow fruits, white grapes and quite a lot of lemon. It reminds me a bit of those chemical ‘keep the bugs away’ summer candles. Also it’s rather young and restless. Alcohol is prominent. Not something that is solved by adding water.
    • Taste
      Tastewise it’s sweet and sour. Again quite some lemon here but also vanilla and cookie dough.
    • Finish
      Medium and refreshing. Tastewise more of the same.

      This is not particularly a dram to remember tomorrow. Bottled way to early in my opinion.

  15. Sander79 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  16. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/03/24/swag-spotlight-on-arran-distillers/

    “The marmite whisky”, says Mariella. I’m often a fan of this sweet white wine finish, so let’s see what we have here.

    N: With a murky pong, this one might have fared better coming before the sweeter Amarone. I think it’s safe to say we are talking bourbon cask maturation, though arguably, it’s also rather ‘new’/Euro distillery-esque, stylistically. After an hour or so, it starts to sing its slightly unusual song – the wine from the casks entrenched with the spirit, providing notes of honey, melon,… that kind of [typical of the genre] thing.

    T: Unlike the Amarone, you can tell this is around 50% abv. Arriving with a ginger & lemon juice bite and a slightly resinous forward momentum, this is considerably more sour in comparison to the Amarone,… slightly metallic,… soapy [yep],… 

    F: ,.. into more honey, aromatic fruity [Lush Co.] soap and tempered heat into a concluding dryness. At the death, the honeys [from the wine] make me want to go back for another sip. Perfect with ginger beer and a slice of lemon? I agree.

    C: Rather ‘interesting’ tricksy/complex/‘academic’/tough to love whisky [delete as appropriate], though I reckon this one found a death seat after the 18yo and then the Amarone. Saying that, it went down fairly easily.

  17. Banzai scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  18. Comet67 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  19. mattheww scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  20. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

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

  21. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    had a head to head tasting with 3 different Arran 2020 cask finishes: Sauternes, Amarone and Port.

    This was my number one.

    yellow fruits, little dry from the wood, grapes, lemon, nice sweet without to demanding, a dram to enjoy
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  22. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Some cress on cotton wool, grapes, honey, peach, grain, some earth, some lemon
    • Taste
      Peach, honey, lemon, passion fruit, some wood, some pepper

  23. Daan2 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    Beautiful Arran, but less spectacular than expected. The Sauternes effect is not really reflected in the taste

  24. tester1277 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Alcoholic, citrus fruits, nice sweetness
    • Taste
      Very sweet and fruity, plum, peppery
    • Finish
      spicy, dry

  25. claymore84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 01-23-2020.

  26. rpvdwel scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  27. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    very tasty malt, nice fruity flavors and definitely a good PLV. I like it.
    • Nose
      strong fruity start with a slight sweetness at the beginning, citrus fruits, spicy oak notes which quickly disappear, somewhat malty, dried fruits,
    • Taste
      spicy fruity start, dried fruits, dark fruits, plums raisins, light pepper, oak,
    • Finish
      slightly sweet, spicy, dried fruits, plums, raisins, very fruity, some oak, becoming slightly dry towards the end.

  28. AmmitMitchum scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very vine-like fresh nose. Slightly alcoholy and honey there. Taste is very nice. Sweet and creamy with nice kick without being overpowering. Cooked fruits there with a bit of apricot and almond as well. Finish is longer than other Arrans. For a second there’s a very sweet almost Tokaji-wine like note and a bit of a tingle on the tongue and I do quite like this one

  29. JacobaEd scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  30. Hvdree scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

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