Arran 1996

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Premium Cask
Stated Age
24 years old
Oloroso Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
47.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
12 Aug 2021 8:23 pm by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 349.45

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 1996

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.93 points

  1. rampah scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Retail price 200€.

    99% caskinfluence here, but the cask was quite good.

    If you like that kind of stuff, you will enjoy this one for sure. For me it is just another boring (while still good, especially the nose) modern cask-malt.

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A great and delicious bottling! Voluminous and multi-layered, heavy and full-bodied, even if in some moments a little "thin" in the mouth. Sweet fruits, chocolate, hazelnuts, pleasantly hot on the tongue with hints of ginger and citrus fruits, plus a wonderfully spicy herbal note ...
    • Nose
      The arran shimmers dark in the glass in mahogany color, lush and heavy fruit aromas rise powerfully, red and black berries are poured over with creamy dark chocolate, while old hazelnuts play with dried tobacco leaves. Zest of oranges, hints of citrus fruits and ginger, caramelized sugar with a hint of herbal liqueur or cough syrup, in the background there are creamy and spicy wooden elements. Pickled raisins and dates end in juicy meadow herbs.
    • Taste
      Tart wood tones accompany sweet and heavy fruit aromas on first contact on the tongue, herbs mix with abrasion from orange peel and wet tobacco, hints of leather play with emerging citrus fruits and fresh sawdust, a pinch of salt ends with crushed pepper on the tongue. Roasted hazelnuts roll over raisins and dates, again slightly spicy ginger comes into its own, grated dark chocolate and a few drops of espresso linger on the palate and gradually announce the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Raisins and hazelnuts stick to the palate to be cozy and warm, and a mixture of ginger, pepper and wooden spiciness still heats up the palate and tongue. Dark fruits stick creamy on the tongue, tobacco, leather and chocolate appear again. With mint, menthol and eucalyptus, the aftertaste fades very slowly and at the end stimulates the saliva again.

  3. Bene37 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose: heavy and sedate, lovely, sweet, brown sugar, orange peel, tangerine, pears, dates, raisins, figs, milk chocolate, anise, cinnamon, milk chocolate, slightly floral

    Palate: full, warm, heavy and set, pears, tangerine, milk chocolate, oranges, dates, raisins, figs, a few hazelnuts, honey, cinnamon, aniseed

    Finish: medium and warm, orange, tangerine, pear, dates, raisins, nutty, cinnamon

    Evaluation: nice thing, even if it is quite barrel-heavy, but this is actually (and as the name suggests) a "Premium Cask". Orange, tangerine, dates and raisins, milk chocolate, cinnamon - everything is well set, beautifully present and integrated. A round thing that!

    90/100 or 7/10

  4. LeChiffre scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Modern barrel-heavy malt with a beautiful nose, which reminds me of one or the other Edradour with its slightly floral-perfumed note in the taste towards the finish (unfortunately a slight off-note for me).
    Overall, a lot of barrel with a manageable depth, which is particularly evident in the finish. Unfortunately, that's not enough for me for the EUR 200 issue price (the prices on the secondary market are just a joke). If you like the modern sherry malts, you should be happy here.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. aspa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The nosing glass smells dark, heavy and sticky. Forest honey seems to stick thickly in the jar, and the color is also right. Wonderfully intense, with excellently integrated alcohol. Yes, the sherry dominates - caramel, leather, dried fruit, raisins - that's clear. Herbal sweets are added. Oranges, dates and cinnamon. In addition, another mixture of herbs and then again the spicy forest honey. A touch of salt that shows the island character a little? Despite the clear dominance of sherry casks, I find the nose interesting, it's not just a sherry board, there are many nuances of the sherry influence intertwined with one another. I really like to smell this dram.

    Intense and strong, but still surprisingly round and soft, the taste starts. Still perfectly integrated alcohol and a world of aromas clearly dominated by sherry. Drier and spicier than on the nose, in my opinion this is more the Oloroso barrel, which is less sweet and more spicy. There is also the tart, spicy forest honey and the slightly spicy dried fruit, cinnamon and caramel mixture and also the herb sweets (Ricola). Espresso and wet leather. I hardly feel any oak and it only gets a little bitter towards the finish.

    Medium to long, slightly bitter, but still spicy-tart sherry aromas stick on the tongue and palate. The forest honey has also been present for a long time. The finish is now almost no longer sweet but is dominated by tart and spicy sherry aromas. Dry, slightly salty and mineral at the end. Leather, raisins, cinnamon and the herbal sweets continue to accompany me for a long time until the next sip.

    A sherry bomb, that much is certain, clearly from the barrel, but for me it dominates in an interesting and tasty way. I will safely open my bottle and enjoy it with pleasure. I think the combination of forest honey and herb candy is delicious. I don't find any extreme unique selling points, blindly I wouldn't necessarily be able to distinguish the dram from other well-made sherry bombs - but for what this whisky is it does a very good job and if you like something like that it is clearly worth buying for me.

    N-91, T-90, F-90 for tasty 90 points
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Coffee@MA scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Absolutely irrelevant because it is one-dimensional malt. Pricing completely absurd. IMO not even close to worth the money at the issue price. Unfortunately completely disappointing

  7. NorthCoast500 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very good Arran Malt that came out of a superb and acitve sherry cask. Absolutely no water needed. Absolutely no sulphur in this one.

  8. LDB did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I just wonder who needs those generic sherry bombs at that price in 2021 while there is enough stuff around that is way more interesting and affordable.

  9. Arwen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Orange peel, tangerine, dates, raisins, figs, slightly flowery.
    • Taste
      warming, sweet and juicy, orange jam (thick cut), Greek honey with nuts, cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Campari, Aperol, subtle ginger & pipe tobacco, cherry stones, cola (medium) long.


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