Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Brothers in Malt (BiM)
Bottling serie
Eilean Arainn
Stated Age
22 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
52.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Private cask
Added on
10 Dec 2020 11:24 pm by chris-sg
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 124.95

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62 × member ratings

203 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 1997 BiM

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.29 points

  1. chris-sg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Brothers In Malt already processed this private cask on behalf of a customer in 2019. They now had the opportunity to buy back 250+ bottles for their own label. The whole cask had an outturn of 568 bottles in cask strength.

    On January 25th, 2021 we were able to buy a further 246 bottles! This means we can offer friends of aged Arran barrels a total of 496 bottles. The remaining 72 bottles remain in private hands.

  2. aspa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Spicy, but sweet at the same time - powdered sugar and the spice market ?! Schizophrenic, but tasty. Citrus fruits and apples, slightly waxy. I already understand why a comparison to the Clynelish distillate can be drawn here. Forest honey. So Glenfarclas and Clyelish are having a baby ... little piglets ?!
    The alcohol is well integrated, nothing stings, but it is always strong, powerful and nose-filling. More and more sweet over time. I only find typical sherry flavors subtle. Some caramel, leather and a touch of dried fruit. There is also a little salt with it, and then the spices come back (spice mix e.g. herbamare).
    It goes back and forth, there is a lot to discover and it's fun.

    Massive, the whole mouth is lined - but again with perfectly integrated alcohol. An explosion of aromas, it starts again with tart and spicy aromas, now comes the sherry barrel and shows prunes, raisins and cinnamon. Again leather and dark forest honey. I still like the description of the little piglet. Some citrus fruits in the background, slightly oily, some salt here. Wax less now. Here, too, age plays nicely with the different facets that alternate. Furthermore, tart rather than sweet, cinnamon and dark chocolate come out more clearly.

    The tart notes stick to the tongue for a long time. Clear forest honey, sticky but not only sweet but tart and spicy. Cinnamon and leather stay too. Creamy and smooth, the alcohol is also very well integrated here. The tongue tickles something. Now clearly a sherry barrel maturation. A little liquorice at the very end completes the whole thing.

    A very tasty malt that connects two worlds and lives up to its age by offering great complexity. I was guided by recommendations and was definitely not disappointed. My first Arran single cask - but a really great one!
    N-91, T-91, F-90 for again very tasty 91 points
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    An excellent release level, especially when you consider the price at the time of release - 115 euros. The nose is somewhat reminiscent of Clynelish, and the body and finish in a blind tasting I would easily confuse with the age-related Caol Ila. It may sound strange, but in the end everything is very harmonious.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Lemons, light sweet smoke, iodine and algae, wax, cloves, spices and peppers
    • Taste
      87 87
      Spiced lemon juice, wood
    • Finish
      88 88
      Spices, citrus peel, wood, long-lasting, pleasantly warming

  4. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty part!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Exactly the right balance between sherry fruits, age and character of the distillate! Sweetness, fruit, spice, everything closely interwoven. Very set. Smells much older, especially due to the wax and honey notes.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Slightly oily, then cold fruit bowl, fruit compote, jelly fruits. Sweet, but with the lemon note typical of Arran. Class balanced and with spiciness that doesn't make the whole thing boring.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Cardamom and cinnamon notes gradually replace the concentrated fruit aromas. In the finish, you can tell that it's 'only' 22 years. But it's already long!

  5. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Blenders Glass.
    Light, "transparent", sherry nose ... dried apple and apricot compote, light raisins
    The taste is sweet, pleasant ... woody notes in caramel syrup, abundantly sprinkled with pepper, fresh mint.
    The finish is long-lasting, sweet and peppery ...
    21/22/22/22 - 87

  6. larswehmeier scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Elegant, tasty Arran. Not overly sherry-tinged. Nice maturity. Very round.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Light, fruity nose with sherry notes. Lots of sweet apricot. Some apple. Already smells creamy and even a bit waxy.

      Over time it gets "darker" with chocolate and oak. You can smell the long ripening time.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Typical Arran - despite the age and the sherry barrel, it is still pleasantly fresh and maritime when you first try it. Nice citrus tones.
      Perfect alcohol strength. Creamy on the tongue.
      Then pleasantly dry on the palate with a little cocoa and hazelnuts. Very tasty.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, pleasantly warm. Slightly dry but pleasantly aromatic and round.

  7. DramTimeDE scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    really nice Arran expression, good value, amazing nose, tasty sherry palate with a long lasting finish. for that price a buy recommendation
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. IronChic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. DulischM scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Raisin-nut chocolate in liquid!
    How cool is that, very tasty. Wow!
    • Nose
      First on the nose are dried fruits, raisins and dates, followed by a berry compote made from dark berries. Ripe dark grapes turn into sweet sangria before hazelnuts emerge. Creamy, runny, and dark honey emerges before milk chocolate and nougat flavors make another note on the hazelnuts. A sweet, dark and deep flavor allows aromas of sticky sherry, plus some dry oak and jute.
    • Taste
      Sweet and ripe grapes are also present in the mouth, but no longer dried. Blossom honey and nut flavors merge into spicy notes of pepper and some dry fruit tea. Dark chocolate and cocoa are always present in the background.
    • Finish
      The finish has aromatic nuts with a subtle oak spice and very creamy dark chocolate.

  10. Yarema scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Delicate nose, diluted with sherry with aged apple jam.
    The taste is balanced, tannin-sherry, sweetish, but rustic. Average aftertaste, precise. In everything without development. Very soft whisky without irregularities and depressions ...
    Nose - 21
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 86


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