Arran 18-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
30 Sep 2020 7:57 pm by Ras Mazunga

Average value

€ 95.43

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69 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 18-year-old

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.25 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    I've had ups and downs with Arran.
    That said, the downs have not been disasters, but the ups have neither been exceptional.
    I found this to be the game changer.
    Delicious and dangerously drinkable.
    • Nose
      90 90
      This is just about as perfect as a sherry nose can get.
      Nothing is too much "out there". A very good balance between the distillate and the cask influence.
      No need to elaborate details, it's got exactly what it needs, nothing more, nothing less.
    • Taste
      93 93
      And after the nose there is a surprise in the taste.
      It's not your typical sherry tipple.
      It would be an insult to call it Ribena, but it has more the taste of a pleasant blackcurrant cordial than sherry.
      Add the spice and it gets seriously yummy.
      Serve it at your Xmas reception and people will think you have discovered the ultimate mulled wine receipt.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Extremely well behaved with everything just slowly fading.

  2. karloff scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.
    This would have been interesting to see what a little water could have done but as it was a sample I rated as God intended. Arran for me have always been steady and this is a cut above.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Looking at the colour of this and it's about as dark as it gets, almost red wine territory.
      As Peatbogger mentioned all the usual suspects are there including Keyser Soze.
      There is something in the sweetness that makes this different from the others but I can't put my finger on it.
      Maybe going back to that wine. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
      It smells great so.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Luckily this tastes like a good matured sherry cask whisky.
      A tangy sweetness that makes you smile whether you want to or not.
      The dark fruits and the spice compliment each other very nicely.
      It's a sherry bomb but I do know I'm drinking a well balanced dram.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish is quite creamy and a little bitter, a combination i don't think I've come across and does it work? Well for me it does.
      The death is like a cherry Locket throat losinger sweet right at the moment it breaks and the honey trickles down your throat.

  3. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Sweetness and spiciness alternate, that's what I call thyme honey.
    In the finish, a stronger barrel influence is clearly noticeable compared to the old 21y bottling. Still a great, recommendable drop
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Likudi scored this whisky 85 points Moderator

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

  5. erwinnlim scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A truly wonderfully aged, well sherried expression from a distillery that's going from strength to strength. Value (£70) : 8/10
    • Nose
      A true fruit bomb! Plenty of tart red fruits on the nose. Raspberries, Morello cherries, dried figs and some Turkish delight. Strawberry conserve and filled with sultanas as well. Some bright red apples and a whiff of vanilla. Balsamic vinegar and dried tobacco. Cinnamon and ginger with plenty of orange peels round off some oaky notes.
    • Taste
      Gentle and creamy on the immediate palate. Then, a blast of those fresh red fruits rolled in caramel. Grape must brings some tartness and some bitterness of dark chocolate. More orange peels and vanilla. Orchard fruits as well with apples, grapes and some tinned peaches. A sprinkling of brown sugar before the oak tannins come through. Unlit cigars and leather. Some cracked black pepper. A sherry bomb? Well yes, but it is still so well rounded and balanced here.
    • Finish
      It finishes as a continuation of the development from the palate. Small amounts of sweetness but with more oak influence coming through now. I get a cherry flavoured lozenge. Drying and bitter-sour, very long lasting on the palate with a memory of fruit left over.

  6. Kegelbogen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Everything is good for drinking. Nice cherry with chocolate. Upset by the structure of the body - it is very liquid. No density.

  7. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The grandiose nose is paramount with this malt. The rest is tasty too, but can't quite keep up. Overall a must buy for the price.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Pickled strawberries together with fresh citrus notes, slightly mineral, coffee, some cherries and raisins, little by little mango and peaches are added
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamy, red fruits, light to slightly tangy citrus notes, spicy oak with a slight bitterness, delicate mineral notes, warmth comes up over time
    • Finish
      86 86
      Slightly bitter in the finish, more red-fruity and more coffee-heavy than in the nose and on the palate, medium-long finish

  8. Palindrome scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is a vast improvement over past Arran 18 releases. Bravo. Arran is coming around. I knew it would eventually. I think we can expect good things in the future, based on this 2020 release. My wife loves this decadent "sweetie" as she calls it.

  9. MichRich scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Holy crap, Batman! This is a mighty dram!! Seriously, Arran has hit gold with this one. Amazingly complex, with currants, apricot, toffee, wild strawberry, dark fruits, dark chocolate...Just WOW. Lots of sherried notes, but that is not all. Amazing. Wonder if they used any port casks in the mix? A+ grade new whisky that costs less than an arm and a leg. Rare today? You bet.

  10. Johnjr1987 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88


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