Arran 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 109.57

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162 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 18-year-old

54 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.98 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. erwinnlim scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A truly wonderfully aged, well sherried expression from a distillery that's going from strength to strength. Value (£75) : 8/10
    • Nose
      A true fruit bomb, and not just from the sherry, the fruity spirit character manages to come through as well here! Plenty of tart red fruits on the nose with a spritz of bright lime freshening it all up. Raspberries, Morello cherries, dried figs and some Turkish delight. A big note or dark chocolate coated oranges. Strawberry conserve in a rhubarb tart that is 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. Again more of that tangy orange and rhubarb pie. A large spoonful of brown sugar before the oak tannins come through. Unlit cigars and leather. Some cracked black pepper and a touch of salinity. A sherry bomb? Well not exactly. It has plenty of sherried characteristics but at the same time it is still so well rounded and very drinkable.
    • 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. A minty coolness here in the finish as well. Drying and bitter-sour, very long lasting on the palate with a memory of fruit left over.

  4. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    To buy or not to buy. I’ve had this one in my basket several times now but each time it had to make place for something else. Don’t know why but now it’s time to try and the initial nose tells me a simple thing, I should have bought this months ago!
    • Nose
      A beautiful deep, richt and balanced nose! Big sherry but in a refined and mature way. It is a lot of sherry to handle and one could discuss if this still is a recognizable Arran but hell this is very good anyway! Very deep and intense flavors of Forrest fruits, honey, figs, dark raisins, hazelnuts, chestnut, Turkish tea, leather and dark spices. This nose really offers a lot!
    • Taste
      Bittersweet. The intentions of the palate are made clear immediately. Quite some tannins are present on the palate but fortunately it never gets too dry. Intense flavors of forrest fruits, cinnamon, walnuts, black tea and a whiff of black pepper. The balance and mouthfeel are great. It coats the palate and leaves a silky feeling.
    • Finish
      The long finish is a delight! Again great spicy tea flavors. At this part it reminds me of rooibos. Also figs are present. It gives quite some cinnamon in this part as well as fresh tobacco flavors.

      This whisky didn’t disappoint me in any part. Just a lovely example of a very well affordable, mature 46% ABV, OB whisky that beats almost every modern young, dark, IB sherry bomb at CS. Even more when taking the ridiculous prices you pay these days for underaged sherry bombs, in consideration. This will wipe the floor with these whiskies

  5. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 89 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
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Likudi scored this whisky 85 points Moderator

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

  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. maltaholic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It's a little darker than the 2019 I had a long time ago.
    Very promising.

    Really intense sherry nose.
    Chocolate and vanilla.
    Looks young and lively.
    A fizzy sweetness in the background.

    The taste continues.
    The sherry dominates the nose,
    the wood takes over in the mouth.
    It's palatable, not oily.
    A slight bitterness on tap.
    Its 46% spot on.

    A very fine malt ...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Kegelbogen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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.


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