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Arran 2004

Overall rating
85.63/100
votes
133
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Orkney Bere
Vintage
2004
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
5800
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
16 Nov 2012 5:32 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

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Finish
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Tastingtags

20 Notes

JimmyLeg
Member Senior JimmyLeg Note
28 Nov 2016 8:58 pm

This is the only Arran that I know of that Serge has given 90 points.

Charlie don't surf.
bovaman
Member Senior bovaman Note
01 Jul 2016 8:15 pm

Arran 2004/2012 'Bere Barley' (46%, OB, Orkney Bere)Five stars Colour: straw. Nose: lovely! Bags of fresh zesty fruits, lemon, gooseberries, yellow peaches (not the sweet juicy ones), with a grainy/cerealy side that’s well there in the background but also rather less ‘invading’ than in Bruichladdich’s no-less excellent bere, as far as I can remember. I have to say this fruity freshness comes as a surprise to me. There are also lovely touches of fresh herbs, angelica, dill, citronella, verbena, lemongrass… Lovely lovely! Maybe even a little caraway. Mouth: excellent! More character now, more spices, always these zesty touches, a lovely creaminess, various honeys, touches of ginger, caraway again, vanilla, a slight earthiness, probably agaves, even sugar cane, chamomile… All much to my liking. This malt never stops unfolding, which usually happens more with (much) older whiskies. Also superb notes of citrons and grapefruits. Excuse me, but wow! Finish: long, superbly fresh and clean, zesty of course, with an expectedly spicier aftertaste. Maybe an excellent curry? Comments: I’m so sad I couldn’t do a head-to-head with the Bruichladdich. It’s impossible for me to tell you which I like best, so same score! I think the Arran is a little easier and a notch sweeter, but it’s also bottled at a lower strength (the Laddie’s at 50% vol.) Oh, and sadly, I haven’t got any of Michel Couvreur’s Bere either. Maybe you know that Michel Couvreur passed away on August 17 this year. RIP!SGP:461 – 90 points.



Bovaman My Collection
St. Pauli
Connoisseur St. Pauli Tasting note
29 Apr 2015 2:04 pm
St. Pauli gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Cereal bars, vanilla, a bit mineral (limestone), green herbs, eucalyptus and grassy. With time, the fruitiness gets bigger, with pineapple and marshmellows.

Taste

Full and sweet, on green herb liqueur, and fruity on apples and lemon. With time, a tropical fruit salad joins the party.

Finish

Malty and mineral, on soft barley and wet stones. Also, I detect some yellow fruits.

Comments

A real gem from the Arran distillery!

Cheers! Paul
tebond968
Expert Senior tebond968 Note
19 Apr 2015 2:37 pm
tebond968 gave this whisky 86 points

Arran 8y 2004/2012 ‘Orkney Bere’, 46%, OB, bourbon barrels, 5800 bottles
Frisse neus waarbij vooral granen en kruiden opvallen, op een achtergrond van zoete tonen. Vanille en honing dan vooral. Maar dus veel granen en kruiden. Frisse (tuin)kruiden. Munt, tijm, rozemarijn. Hooi en stro ook. O ja, dat stro is opvallend. En hoe langer hoe duidelijker fruit. Gele appels, gele pruimen, ananas en peren (de leeftijd waarschijnlijk). Bijzonder, en best lekker om ruiken. Rond, zacht en romig mondgevoel. De granen zitten mooi ingekapseld in zoete en fruitige elementen. De honing en de vanille, samen met een beetje kandijsuiker, en het eerder witte fruit. Appels, peren, witte perziken. Opnieuw het stro ook. De kruiden op de smaak zijn eerder de keukenvariant (nootmuskaat, kaneel en peper) en worden vergezeld van ronde eik. Middellange, frisse afdronk, prikkelend (de granen, de kruiden en de eik) op een zoete achtergrond. Bijzonder profiel. En beter dan je zou verwachten van een jong graanexperiment. Veel beter. Ik ben ongelooflijk benieuwd naar langer gerijpte Bere whisky. Een moderne variant van de legendarische Local Barley’s? Stel je voor… 86/100

http://onversneden.com/2013/01/29/bere/

 

 

Hvdree
Connoisseur Hvdree Review note
12 Dec 2014 10:05 pm
Hvdree gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87
Nose
87
Initial taste
88
Body
86
Finish
87
Price
88
Presentation
86
Nomnomnomnomnomnom...
p4blo
Expert Senior p4blo Tasting note
18 Nov 2014 11:43 pm
p4blo gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Loads of flowers followed by apples, vanilla, butter, hay. Sweet and pleasant.

Taste

Vanilla, fruity sweetness contrasted with dryness, spices - pepper, ginger - and cardboard.

Finish

Quite short, spicy, especially on the pepper, sweet, very sweet.

Comments
Moro
Expert Junior Moro Review note
23 Jul 2014 3:27 pm
Moro gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
84.2
Nose
87
Initial taste
85
Body
82
Finish
82
Price
84
Presentation
86
ducksingel
Expert Senior ducksingel Note
04 Feb 2014 9:13 pm
ducksingel gave this whisky 88 points
I like these bere experiments. Maybe it’s my imagination but I really smell and taste something ‘authentic’ , something ‘long lost’ in this Arran. There is definitely the scent of grain with a bitter touch, tempered with fruit, spices and a hint of grass. In the surprisingly bold taste the grainy notes are ever present, with spices and fruits coming through. There is definitely pepper on the tongue.
In the medium long finish the bere is more on the background, leaving the stage for spices and dried fruit.

have a dram good time! My Collection
Toffie76
Expert Senior Toffie76 Tasting note
22 Jan 2014 8:27 am
Toffie76 gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

picote un peu au nez, c'est frais vif et clean. C'est greeny, il y a une sensation de grain. Une touche citronnée, des agrumes. Assez mineral. Une touche végétale également, herbacé. et en bonus un petit côté salin. Beaucoup de céréales au nez. Malté/vanillé

Taste

assez puissant à l'attaque. Surprenant pour à peine 46° abv. Le développement est sur l'astringence, un boom poivré. S'en suit une certaine douceur maltée bienvenue.

Finish

Un peu court. Se termine sur une note amère/boisée

Comments

Belle fraicheur, assez bien équilibré. Beau produit, propre et somme toute assez agréable dans l'ensemble

markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Tasting note
25 Nov 2013 9:21 pm
markjedi1 gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

The nose, unsurprisingly, bursts with grain. But this one shows a nice sweetness in the form of young apples and pears, vanilla, honey and in the second tier even some tropical fruit. Think pineapple and mirabelles. Clear hint of mint, lending it a nice freshness. Then add some fresh garden herbs with rosemary in the lead.

Taste

The attack is quite powerful, to be honest. Very spicy on ginger, nutmeg and loads of peppers. The fruit evolves from yellow to white. Mostly apples and peaches. More grassy than on the nose, but the dried kind. Straw. I feel the oak is loud, but not too loud. Nice balance.

Finish

The finish is medium long, spicy and fresh.

Comments

Maybe comparing Laddie and Arran is like comparing apples and pears, but still. This expression does carry away my approval.

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man

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