Arran Small Batch

Overall rating
87.25/100
votes
30
Whiskybase ID
WB191431
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Peated
Bottled
2021
Casktype
Peated Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
1350
Strength
58.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Part II for Belgium & Luxembourg
Barcode
5060044485701
Bottled for
The Nectar
Market
Belgium Belgium
Added on
09 sep 2021 9:26 pm by PeterN
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 79.00

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30 × member ratings

97 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Arran Small Batch

8 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.25 points.

  1. Foamy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  2. d1scostu scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  3. Gareth74 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Great flaming peaty pantaloons.

    Peat’s good, isn’t it? Every time I catch myself thinking I’m more of an unpeated bourbon/sherry barrel kind of chap, something peaty rears up and reminds me that really, peat is so intrinsic to scotch. There’s something special about how it accentuates certain things, it tugs at the visual memories and unlocks olfactory memories (if not fantasies) of all sorts of wind swept beaches, farmyards, bogs, bothies, foul weather and gathering storms. Bonfires, sunny BBQs and overflowing medicine cabinets. It’s strong stuff. If the American shaman had Peyote, the Norse berserkers Fly Agaric, then the whisky drinker has peat.

    On the nose and it’s peaty. Sweet, sherried and rich and strong but standing right behind its is a nice toffee, in fact a minted toffee. And then a prickle of ginger and some sourness and some unstruck matches. There faint wood smoke and a little creaminess, it’s got a nice richness to the nose. Omni-directional peat, like it’s tugging in two ways at once, there’s the signpost to the farmyard, 4 miles over there and another pointing to the shoreline, 1 & 3/8th of a mile over yar. More smelling and more toffee, more gentle sourness, some blackened lemon skins in a dead fire grate. More wood appears. (After a few sips the nose has more fruit and peach black tea). In the immortal words of Giles Wemberly-Hogg ‘YUMSK!’

    In the mouth and I’m ready for a peaty onslaught. It can’t be any other way. Off we go. Hot sweet Jesus! Actually, strike that. Wrong way round. Sweet, hot, Jesus! Initially the sweetness races out of the blocks like a butterscotch rocket but, this is a peat powered rocket and as it races along the tongue it explodes with powerful, muscular minty mineral peat and ginger and silage. Everything goes off at once and it unloads a lot of flavours like an anti-tank mine. Whomp. I’m actually trying to gather my thoughts, grab the threads of flavour as it spreads out in all directions. A nice saltiness. I need a minute. Goes through a nice minty phase with a pleasant tingle then the silage spreads out like an overturned wagon and a richer creamy peat arrives. It’s a spicy, woody finish flecked with saline. Reminds me of the 10th anniversary Port Askaig a wee bit. And that was good.

    Sitting here and the gingery peppery finish is strangely my favourite bit. It’s punchy and hot (not in a bad way) and feisty and zesty. No bitterness, only slightly drying. Lovely.

    Any good? Yeah, though you have to want a whisky that wakes you up in the second act and sets your troos ablaze.!

  4. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Straight out of the pour greasy and heavy smoke that reminds me a lot of Lagavulin. There is something slightly tarry and reminiscent of Lapsang Souchong. Dates wrapped in bacon, raisins. Dark berries.
    With standing time and air, even lighter fruits are added. Banana, peach, quince.

    Mouth:
    Powerful attack, is very oily in the mouth.
    Admittedly not quite as multi-faceted as an older batch of Lagavulin 16, but it more than makes up for that in strength. And for me an important factor: the sherry doesn't seem overdone or the malt too charged.
    Smoked sausage, slightly earthy notes, peanut and hazelnut.
    Dates wrapped in bacon, rum raisins. Baked apple.

    Finish:
    Medium length, smoked sausage, dates, some blood orange and spicy finish.

    88/100

    Conclusion:
    Great malt with a lot of power, in which sherry and peat are really well integrated for my taste.
    Excellent value for money for the course called for.

  6. Saftkenner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I didn't expect to get my hands on an Arran like this. Such a wonderfully special smoke that is interwoven with the full sherry fruit aromas in a terribly good symbiosis. In addition, we have an enchantingly powerful acceleration and a beautifully voluminous body. All in all pretty dirty and yet without fault and blame.
    Unearthly good value for money.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The smoke is wonderfully surrounded by dark fruits and beautifully sweet but also sour-tangy notes waft from the glass. No trace of the proud 58%, no sharpness.
      Campfire, mulled fruit, tangerines, caramel, salt, thyme, fine oak spice.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Powerful and warming start. Open fire in the old farm, dried cranberries, tangerines, vanilla, thyme again, cherries, red currants, dark chocolate, delicate oak.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length and soothing finish. Smoke, caramel, oranges, cherries, espresso.

  7. d1scostu scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Maltkanzlei scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    EYE / NOSE
    Nice, warm amber tone. The enjoyment can begin. The nose says: ISLAY! Maybe Campbeltown. A longrow? No, the room around me is slowly filling up with the Islaymalts so typical scent dance, this is no springbank funk, the dunnage notes are missing. It is more reminiscent of a Port Charlotte. I would have blindly guessed the Queen of the Hebrides. You can be wrong! Heavy smoke, nice sweetness, peeled cashew nuts, smoked ham and fine fruit ... mandarins or ripe nectarines. No stinging or burning in the nose. Excellent aroma. Unfortunately, it is really rare in this price range. I've always had a weakness for the successful marriage of sherry and smoke, it's no different here.

    PALATE
    Very cleanly integrated alcohol. Are the 58.6% ABV cask strength? Nothing can be found on the label. Could of course also be 'high strength' with a young malt. Anyway, further addition of water is not necessary here. The smoke naturally leads to the taste. But there is more. I would like to say strong, rich and varied. The impressions from the nose can also be found in the taste, with the exception of the nuttiness of the cashews. The components are simply wonderfully connected, that is the real strength of this malt, that is what defines it. How do I compare the Arran? If you like the big Laphroaig 10, you will immediately feel at home here. Not from the smoke notes, of course, but from the balanced harmony.

    FINISH / CONCLUSION
    Long, warm, sweet and fruity aftertaste. There are also my nose tangerines and the ham. That is simply good, there is simply nothing more to add. Missing grades? Nothing. It is a NAS. I suspect, without having gone into the matter in depth, the whisky from the sherry casks used was cask maturation between four and eight years. There would have been plenty of room for metallic missing notes, fruit aromas, sulfur and other annoyances. None of this found its way into the batch. Instead, a creamy, fruity-smoky impression that remains in the mouth inspires. And at this price. When I consider the fantasy prices that are sometimes called for the young bottlings of new distilleries. Crazy! I can only advise you not to be dazzled by marketing hype, beautiful labels and supposed scarcity. The established distilleries, and Arran has long been included, have an incredible amount to offer and, as you can see, at very affordable prices. Vinothek Massen is calling for EUR 44.10 as the trade fair price for the malt. But even with the regular retail price of 49.00 in Luxembourg, it is still a top price that justifies two additional points in the rating.

    More notes and reviews on Facebook at: #Maltkanzlei

  9. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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