Arran The Amarone Cask Finish

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Single Malt
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Cask Finishes
Amarone Cask Finish
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 Sep 2010 7:20 pm

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€ 79.99

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Whisky Reviews for Arran The Amarone Cask Finish

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.31 points

  1. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2014/05/06/arran-amarone-cask-2011-ob-50/
    • Nose
      N: alcol molto pungente, a tratti fastidioso. L’età non è indicata ma rivela giovinezza nelle note maltate. Fresco e spensieratamente fruttato (prugne, albicocche secche). Uvetta sotto spirito! L’extra maturazione in vino si manifesta più che altro sotto forma di legnosità, non così integrata, un po’ off e un po’ brutale. Resiste però il bel malto zuccherino e fruttato di Arran, forse invecchiato prevalentemente in bourbon (vaniglia?) Una nota di vino esce in realtà: acida, poco armonica, e prende via via il sopravvento.
    • Taste
      P: il finish di Amarone è da subito molto aggressivo, tanto legno e un po’ di vino. Secco e abbastanza alcolico. Pulisce la bocca con note di frutta secca e malto/erba. Non molto complesso, ma è nitida una suggestione di prugne secche. Molta acidità e forse un barlume di vaniglia che svanisce subito. Pepatino.
    • Finish
      F: estremamente pulito; si rimane sul secco e troviamo mandorle amare, pepe e fieno. Non breve ma in sordina.

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very soft ! Caramel, milk chocolate. Winey, more and more same. Red berries. Very accessible. More rough on the malted notes then, too bad. Fluffy on the palate, very well integrated alcohol. Sweet spices. Final easy and short, with a small lack of thickness.

    Enthusiasm: 3/5

  3. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    The nose is very vinous and well marked by milk chocolate. Praline chocolate and red fruits mouth, very greedy. Among its qualities the texture is a bit raspy. On the other hand, the finish is too short, on the aromas of the mouth. Arran's profile and his traditional "green" markers are being squeezed out by the finish and that's good for me as well; towards more greed. The lack of final and complexity pose flats all the same. We can also blame him for a lack of finesse.

  4. ApricotOne scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  5. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. Segens scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Nice to had an Amarone Cask finish in the glass but nothing which I would like to have again.
    • Nose
      Bunch of grapes, cherries & plums
    • Taste
      sweet start: cherries, strawberries not much complexity
    • Finish
      medium long nothing special

  7. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose and palate is not bad at all but it feels a bit under matured on the finish.

     (Rating interval 82-86)
    • Nose
      Tartaric acid, bitter grape kernel, almond, vanilla and dark syrup. It is somewhat closed and after water some cocoa appears.
    • Taste
      The arrival is dry, sour and bitter. It develops towards bitter marmalade and aromatic blackberries, red apples and black currant.
    • Finish
      The bitter marmalade retains in the finish but also cranberry and tiny hints of absinth. The finish is medium to long and peppery but unfortunately rather bright. 

  8. molar3rd scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Not so sweet as i was expecting, some turnips, cocoa powder and cranberries.

    Palate: Full of tannins, this one, raging tannins. a bit on the bitter side, and ending on bitter chocolate.

    Finish: Chocolaty (bitter) and bitter almonds.




  9. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    This one is quite similar to the Arran sauternes finish (view my notes) but even more odd and more bitter notes in the end. In some moments, I liked it a lot, in other moments I hardly did. It takes a lot of courage to produce such a kind of whisky, because a lot of malt heads will deny the fact that this one is a whisky. Feels and tasts like a weird kind of grappa made from red grapes, matured in very active, perhaps small european oak casks.  But you won't find too many similar malts, so this expression is very interesting.
    • Nose
      Color is not burnished, but like a rosé wine.
      The nose starts with lotsa wineyard peaches, apricots and Chivers ginger jam, followed by somethin weird like dextro energy glucose tabs, a very nice touch of sweet rosé wine and a little bit of white pepper.  
    • Taste
      This one is medium-bodied, despite of the powerful attack from the high ABV (50%) it is surprisingly smooth, Blackcurrants, gooseberries, freshly rubbed cinnamon and van Houten milk chocolate in the beginning, replaced by a growing bittersweet taste from red grapes and oak, we're talking of a big wall unit combined with a slight yeastiness, that shows a kind of undermaturation. First thought was that this one could take some more years of maturation to produce a true masterpiece but how fat will all this bitterness grow in such an extended maturation time ? Same as with the Arran sauternes finish: This is a dilemma. 
    • Finish
      Short to medium
      long. Lemon zest, a little pepper, less ginger,  lots of red wine influence fading out with even more bitter wood tannins. 

  10. tebond968 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Arran 'Amarone finish' NAS, 50%, OB 2011
    Amarone is an Italian red wine from Veneto, the region around Venice. This was a whisky that left most people rather cold. Not special, but not bad either. Light, sweet nose with notes of vanilla, cereals, rhubarb and hay. More fruit with water (pear too). The taste is also light and sweet with honey and fruit and some pepper to the end. 77/100 http://onversneden.com/2011/10/20/fulldram-halloween-tasting/


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