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Arran Drumadoon Point

Overall rating
88.31/100
votes
127
Whiskybase ID
WB180220
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Explorers Series - Volume 4
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Sherry Puncheon
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
49.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 29 03 21
Barcode
5060044484216
Added on
01 Apr 2021 11:02 pm by Bbk
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 164.96

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127 × member ratings

872 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran Drumadoon Point

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.31 points

  1. Byronic_Hero scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Overall, a really tasty whisky, but for me it lacks the rough edges to justify the not exactly low price. Ultimately, it seems a little too round to me, maybe too tamed.

    The nose is exciting. You can spend time with him without it getting boring. Citrus fruits are dominant - especially orange, which almost turns into blood orange in the mouth. Some very ripe grapefruit with nuances of dried fruit. But more in the style of dried peaches.

    It has a very pleasant spiciness, in which its age comes out, which I experience especially in the finish. It is astonishingly little or actually not bitter at all and scores with a rather minty freshness. Maybe some lemon balm.

    In short: a successful and impeccable whisky that only lacks one unique selling point. I have to chalk it up for a certain interchangeability with comparable full sherry maturations (e.g. from Speyside) and the not exactly cheap price-performance ratio. By the way, he doesn't need any more alcohol. The 49.5% is actually pretty perfect.

  2. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blenders Glass.
    Body, complex hammer.
    Delicious. Balance 22
    Total 89
    • Nose
      Nose: sweet (date, fig, Turkish delight) and fresh (mint, citrus, meadow herbs) at the same time, light woody notes 22
    • Taste
      Taste: sweet (dried fruits, juicy apples and dark chocolate), slightly spicy (ginger, mint and white pepper), some tobacco and leathery notes 23
    • Finish
      Finish: long-lasting, sweet with citrus acidity and mint freshness 22

  3. vlad78 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I really liked this drink, with a reasonable balance, a soft and rounded taste, a pleasant and tart aftertaste.
    • Nose
      Sweet tones of dried fruits from tropical fruits, such candied fruits, dates, and prunes, which were spread out on a plate and served with a cappuccino sprinkled with cinnamon.
    • Taste
      The taste of dried fruits, yellow and dark dry fruits, juicy fresh red apple, a little velvety and enveloping.
    • Finish
      Warm, slightly tart, rounded, consisting of dried fruits, a little varnish.

  4. MrDvorak scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    In the aroma there are wonderful shortbread cookies with rosemary, sprinkled with chocolate. The taste is sweet and sour, slightly syrupy, with nuances of chocolate and dried fruits. The finish is medium, sweet, with chocolate and raisins.

    Absolutely wonderful Arran, sweet, even somewhere dessert, I'm not afraid of this word - delicious, excellent balance.

    RATING: 90pts - | 90 - 92 (A-) → Excellent | - Here the golden pantheon begins.

  5. whisky_knight scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    This is the best Arran bottle I’ve had to date. While I enjoyed the Amarone Cask Finish and 18 Year, this Explorer Series Volume 4, Drumadoon Point, Aged 23 Years is a stunner! It’s fully matured 23 years in Sherry Puncheons (not just finished), and the flavors imparted here are wonderful.

    It does lack the complexity and depth and richness of similarly aged GlenDronach Single Casks, and it lacks the balance of a great Glenfarclas Family Cask. It also burns a touch hot to start, but balances out nicely by mid-palate. Still a great bottle overall. I can’t wait to see what Arran releases next.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Ethanol, apples. Light sherry, cooked sour cherries or cranberries. There’s a sweet-tart aroma appearing.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Peaches, apricot, spicy ginger, feels a touch hot on the front palate. Sherry, stewed Summer fruits, let it sit on the tongue and there’s a gorgeous explosion of complex coastal salinity, honey.

      The ginger becomes tame on the mid-palate and the ABV now feels well-balanced. The sweet & tart aspect comes through here in a pleasing way, like the puckering, pleasant sour from a Key Lime pie, but the apple-apricot sweetness is always there to balance it.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, slow ginger, honey, peaches.

  6. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    My thoughts? Vol 1 still hands down> Vol 4 (=) on par with Vol 3, Vol 2. Vol 4 is like a lighter version of Vol 2 but with more complexity, though lacking in a lengthy finishing.

    The conclusion, a delicious dram that is both easy to drink and enjoy but with obvious let downs.
    • Nose
      89 89
      It has a similar nosing profile as Vol 1 - fruity, creamy, sweet tropical fruits, cranberries; maybe strawberries too :)
      Pork roast? Cranberries on thanksgiving, vanilla bean, light milk chocolate, and crushed herbs - rosemary and thyme, with a tinge of dill. For that extra vegetation and floral scent.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fruity and tarty. A bakery scenario, lemon custard cream puff pies, apple strudel, pineapple, cheddar cheese. Not as creamy or buttery as I had imagined while sniffing. Unfortunately not as oily as Vol 1 and 2.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Light to medium finishing, soft warm notes of apricots, pear, lemon candy, orange peel, black grapes, raisins, leather, and vanilla extract.

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. yorkieterror scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    An improvement on Vol. 1; more rounded and balanced.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Similar nose to Vol. 1. It still has the baked apple but in a crumbled with cinnamon, toasted granola and toffee pennies. It’s sweeter and less overtly spiced but more balanced, rounder and integrated. Cinnamon and burned is still present but with something more savoury such as rosemary.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Apple strudel, shortbread, caramel slice, and honey muesli.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long with ginger shortbread, peaches and custard.

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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