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Arran 1997 Al

Overall rating
88.29/100
votes
17
Whiskybase ID
WB204300
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Alba Import (AI)
Bottling serie
The Alba Trail
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
181
Strength
52.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
09 feb 2022 9:17 pm by Iron_Calli
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 229.00

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17 × member ratings

57 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 1997 Al

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.29 points

  1. aspa scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    nose

    Slightly salty right from the start. Spicy sherry. Very well integrated alcohol, here the smell corresponds well to the age. Slightly maritime, sea and coast and a little port smell? Fruity aromas on top, like a mixed fruit smoothie with sweet but also slightly sour aromas. Slightly waxy, slightly malty, vanilla and honey. A great mix, tasty and yet neatly complex. The wax would probably lead me blindly into a trap here, this nose could also be Clynelish.

    the taste
    Here a bit more aggressive from the alcohol point of view, it tickles the tongue a bit. Spicy and tart, further with wax and salt. Leather and grapefruit - interesting combination. Above all, tart and light fruit acid, I find little or no sweetness in the taste. Still a candidate for confusion. I think the sherry has only had a subtle influence here, the aromas are not particularly strongly influenced by the typical sherry aromas. Malty, with some grain and some oak. AT THE MOment this could well be a bourbon cask aging.

    departure
    rather short, above all tart and spicy with oak, salt and some wax. Some fruits are added again, but only slightly without being able to name them. The alcohol is okay, it leaves some warmth in the mouth and throat.
    A bit of bitterness comes with it. Here I have the feeling that the oak has done a lot of work, but not the SHerry. Must have been a sucked out sherry cask?

    Conclusion
    Delicious dram that reminds me a lot of Clynelish at times, unfortunately the nose is much better than the taste. The taste is too one-sided and simply too tart and slightly too alcoholic. Also in the finish a bit too much oak and too much alcohol, but otherwise the flavors would be delicious.
    N-89, T-86, F-86 for a tasty but not outstanding 87 points
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    My 2 cents after 1 cl:
    Tasty and spicy on the nose and palate, with lots of cinnamon and pineapple, as befits a properly matured Arran.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. vlad78 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Decent island whisky with an honest strength and rich taste
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoked prunes, dried raisins, dried red apples, apricots.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet, tart, with a perceptible degree, with a perceptible but not persistent content of phenolic notes.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Sweet, smoky, medium length.

  4. whisky_alphabet scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    On the nose sweet, red fruits, raisins. Those aromas we find also in taste plus some honey chocolate and sharpens of cinnamon. Everything would be great but at the end I fill a lot of tannins. It's just too tart...

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