- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Icons of Arran No. 4 - The Golden Eagle
- Stated Age
- 12 years old
- 14 Ex-Bourbon Barrels & 7 Sherry Hogsheads
- Number of bottles
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 13 Feb 2012 9:57 pm
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107 × member ratings
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Whisky Reviews for Arran 1999
18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.70 points
- With a little standing time, it has developed really nicely in the direction of apple fruit and especially knows how to inspire with the long-lasting, warm finish, which leaves a great mouthfeel.
Interesting to see the development with its aroma sequence. First orange. About wood wort (nutmeg? Star anise?) And briefly mild mildew (damp wood) as well as dust and also some pebble to a nice apple fruit. The initially dusty, moldy impression turns into a slightly waxy apple skin. Citrus. After a long time, I arrived at a delicious apple compote with raisins and a hint of cinnamon.
Sparkling and fruity. Again a little dusty and waxy. Powerful - very good alcohol strength. Becomes nutty-chocolatey. Apple / cider. Malt sugar.
Nice and sour. Cider. Sugar and cinnamon. Very warming and deep. Persistently occupies the entire mouth and shines from the throat for a long time. In my opinion, dried fruit and nuts show the influence of sherry.
- [Tasting session - n°3 - quick note]
Subtle and fresh, with red apples and a pinch of salt, it has a dusty side soon developping on lots of apple cider. Somersby, without the excessive sugar.
Quite good, this has again some red apple, cider, and fresh brioche notes. Second sip is a bit fruitier, with yellow fruits.
Same, with an added note of guimauve : interesting !
Next up was my first offering, a 1980/ Hog’money’ Balmenach [WB0]. A full bottle review will follow in due course. We shall skip this for now and move onto the next in line, a ‘Golden’ Arran distilled in 1999.
N: We start with an instantly pleasing confectionary & ripe fruit basket alongside a well balanced malty=oaked-aged bed. Not dissimilar to some Bruichladdich in style perhaps?
T: Hearty tasty body with a steady travel.
F: Lovely natural chew on the usual suspects.
C: Very likeable. I’ve a soft spot for these dependable drinkers.
- Pleasant, light and fresh mole, expecting the worst, not bad, rich flavor / taste with moderate strength; not a masterpiece, of course, but overall good and interesting.
Raw, warm, cereal - malt, raw grained grain; in the background - lemon, flowery-lemonade notes, salty tones, raw brick. Over time, the malt moves back and the aroma becomes honey-flowered with an admixture of minerals in the Clynelish style.
Sweet, lemon, caramel, cream, compote of dried fruits, burnt sugar, oak, on the whole surprisingly vigorous and full, leaves an impression stronger than it really is.
Soft ginger on an oak-creamy background, cranberries, sorrel, green salad.
- A great mix of bourbon and the slightest sherry influence, so I like these mixtures best, beautiful, round thing by Arran!
Pineapple, sweet beautiful malt, papaya, trail mix, toffee, honey, citrus, a little heathland
Very nice round malt note with beautiful citrus notes integrated, lots of nice vanilla, light apricots and oranges in between, honey, toffee, fruit cake, papaya, pineapple, lyeeer
Slightly dry and malty, almost too long, medium in length, lemon, vanilla remains