Arran Drumadoon Point

Overall rating
88.10/100
votes
208
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

£ 206.16

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Whisky reviews for Arran Drumadoon Point

54 users have left 54 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.10 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. springtank scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. 44_RunzhongW scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Nosing: 30/33

    very special! The first reaction when I first heard it was a little bit reminiscent of a small mill. It has some strange woody aromas, similar to camphor wood incense, and a hint of seaweed. After a deep inhalation, there is a fruity aroma similar to green grapes at the back end. It will disappear after about five minutes of waking up. It will become more regular, with moist sherry fruit flavors starting to dominate, and some brown sugar.

    Palate: 29.5/33

    The entrance is ice sugar pear, moist, but still has obvious nut skin flavor, creamy cocoa, slightly bitter like eating cacao nibs directly, but there is no astringency, woody, floral and fruity aroma is slightly weakened, the overall is quite satisfactory, it may be right Arran's 23 years have higher expectations.

    finish: 31.5/33

    But the rhyme is great! very long! There are many levels of change! From fruit trees to nuts to rock sugar, and finally some chrysanthemums and raisins.

    total: 91/99

    For Arran, he has to try a glass of this year, this barrel and the price!

  5. sludgehex scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I was really disappointed by this one, honestly. The whisky is good overall, but I'd never say it's a 23YO Arran from sherry casks... It's kinda faceless and generic, just nothing special and any day I would prefer The Bodega over this one.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Calmar scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An interesting sherry whisky, of a fairly standard profile, closer to dry and austere, at first I can’t say that it’s impressive, everything is pretty standard, quite rich, smooth, it also doesn’t shine with special depth and complexity, but gradually opens up in development, blooms with many shades and halftones showing himself in all his glory, so do not rush, give him time.
    • Nose
      Restrained, dry, spicy woody notes - old furniture, cigar box; sweet creamy caramel shades, leather goods, roasted nuts, some dried fruits.
    • Taste
      Soft, rich, dry woody tones, furniture varnish, tobacco, sweet creamy tones, toffee, fudge, burnt jam, raisins, burnt crackers, dry medicinal herbs, medicinal notes, tarragon, cilantro.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, oak, raisins, burnt caramel, stout notes, furniture lacquer, leather goods.

  7. LordBellamy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    with water: clearer orange notes and some citrus come out, but seems more restless, I would rather omit the water

    Conclusion: beautiful, mature sherry arran, elegant and lively, but looks more like 16/18 years old, maybe a bit too "thin" for its age. The sherry character is well integrated, does not dominate and is not simply put on
    • Nose
      Covered apple pie, dough, apple, cinnamon, orange, almonds, slight acidity, toffee, some salt, subtle maritime, in between always a hint of nail polish remover, a few roasted aromas, good balance between fresh and set notes
    • Taste
      soft attack, velvety, subtle sherry, apple, pear, cocoa, cinnamon, stronger wood than in the nose
    • Finish
      Long and warm, apple, tropical fruit, dry oak, good seasoning, hazelnut, a few raisins and then the salt comes out at the end

  8. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Fruity and easy drinking malt.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. MY MALTS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very good...
    Sweet and oily without water, but a bit harsh,..
    With 6 ml. water to 3 cl. single malt, less oily,
    slight reductions in sweetness, but softer on the palate...

  10. Finn2206 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. rich_93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Tasted from a sample. Pleasantly complex, I really wish I’d had more time with (more sips from!) this one. I suspect the rating would be higher then, not sure we've got to know each other yet. A nice dry and conservative sherry profile.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Immediately, a balanced sherry maturation that just screams ‘old glenfarclas!’ at me. So, dried fruits, vanilla, coffee and dark chocolate with toffee. But all very dry and elegant, no sherry overcoat here. Hints of leather. The fresh arran fruitiness still differentiates it from other distillates of similar age and maturation. There’s apricots, berries and something slightly lactic. Young Arran’s quite coconutty, maybe that’s why..
    • Taste
      88 88
      Nice oily texture, but pretty light on the tongue. Continues with a classic, restrained profile. A dry balance of fruit, spices and wood. Dried fruit, tobacco, orange. Buttery, coffee.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Dry and long. Again dried fruit, cigar ash, coffee. Blood orange pops up again. Nice balance. The cigar ash note is there already and very prominent in the 10yo standard release - must be a distillery characteristic.

  12. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. Gregorsky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. Hlektrion scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. hzs275 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  16. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. bankimate scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  18. Batman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Really nice to go to a fresh, bright airy whisky like this after recently enjoying some heavy, more brooding drams. Nice bright fruit notes, as some reviews have said apple pie filling. Mostly perfectly ripened apples with just a few green tart apples thrown in.

    He…. (why do Whiskybase reviewers refer to a dram as “he” anyways? Must be a translation thing? Weird but sure, I’ll run with it!) He is very sweet, but just when you think the sweetness may runaway and become too much, drying oak kicks in at the finish to keep it perfectly in check.

    Really, really nice and this light fresh fragrant fruity profile is not that I find to be quite rare and I do enjoy such dram when I find them.

    Had the flavour and mouthfeel been just a hair thicker, this would easily have been a 90. But still an great just the same. Super enjoyable!

  19. sammyzhang789 scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  20. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  21. EvilAFI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I look forward to these editions a lot, I find they are some of the best Arran has and while this isn’t my favorite of the bunch, the nose on it was top notch.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Gummy bears, sweet, apples, strawberry, light baking spice, pie crust, tobacco
    • Taste
      88 88
      Easy entry, starts sweet and shifts to a nice balance of spice, perfect balance of malt & sherry, not as exciting as the nose, but extremely drinkable, some oak and leather.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Sweetness remains, a touch of white pepper and lightly drying.

  22. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  23. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  24. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  25. Monstruo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  26. stalker1971 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  28. Arwen scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  29. Teomarg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  30. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  31. TheWhiskySloth 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.

  32. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  33. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  34. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    21 22 21 22 86+

    Delicious aged whisky, with good development ...

  35. claymore84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 09-18-2021 in Stürzelberg.

  36. DannyDram scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Bread, quince, malt, orange, orange peel, pear, grapes, chocolate, malt, wet stone. Balanced, watery, thin, body a little missing, appealing intensity, starts well, subsides on finish.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  37. dapoinbua scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  38. Comet67 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  39. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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

  40. Soderberg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  41. 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.

  42. olegborgol scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  43. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22 22 22 22

  44. 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.

  45. whisky_knight scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  46. chrisyeo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose - very sweet raisin like nose , malty , easy on nose after leaving for a while
    Taste - sweetness with light peppery spice, sweet malt like cereal
    Finish - warm finish, medium
    • Nose
      88 88
      very sweet raisin like nose , malty , easy on nose after leaving for a while
    • Taste
      88 88
      sweetness with light peppery spice, sweet malt like cereal
    • Finish
      89 89
      warm finish, medium

  47. Odinson scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  48. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  49. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  50. kcloo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  51. Ninofdram scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  52. Derufus scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  53. Igitor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  54. 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.

  55. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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