Arran 2004

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Orkney Bere
Stated Age
08 years old
Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Nov 2012 5:20 pm

Average value

€ 88.17

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160 × member ratings

403 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 2004

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.52 points

  1. bovaman did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Arran 2004/2012 'Bere Barley' (46%, OB, Orkney Bere) 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.


  2. Sandman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind, my answer was a 10 year old Arran @ 46% abv, of course a Islands whiskies.
    • Nose
      Mango, apricot, vanilla, honey, lemon, red apple, peach and a hint of spices
    • Taste
      Apple, peach, bananas, honey, cinnamon, toasted bread, lemon, vanilla, apricot and nuts.
    • Finish
      Medium dry length finish, with cinnamon, honey, bananas, lemon zest, apricot, peach and red apple.

  3. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21.5, taste 22, finish 22,5, balance 22

  4. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    23 22 21 22 88

    Grass, grass, and once again grass, super!

    The finish of the bottle, at the bottom, the grass is gone, but the wit, oh, and delicious, very)

  5. toklian scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N22 P22 F23 B22

  6. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2013/07/24/arran-orkney-bere-barley-20042012-ob-46/
    • Nose
      N: un naso che sulle prime sembra piuttosto ‘standard’, con però una buona intensità, una facile apertura (anche se all’inizio l’alcol si fa sentire). Si sente molto l’invecchiamento in bourbon, che pure non sovrasta il malto: note di vaniglia cremosa, di cocco, di pere, di mele… C’è poi un bel malto biscottoso, e tanto miele. Non mancano anche, lievi ma ben integrate, note di agrume (succo di limone zuccherato, molto nitido il lime; cedro candito?), ed anche suggestioni tropicali (maracuja? ananas?); poi susine gialle? Davvero gradevole.
    • Taste
      P: in linea col naso, più ‘cerealoso’; resta semplice e molto godibile, facilmente sgargarozzabile. Si pregia di sapori caldi e vagamente cremosi: ancora miele, un po’ di mandorle (più frutta secca che al naso), vaniglia e cocco. Il lato fruttato diminuisce molto, restando appunto maltoso e cerealoso (diremo farro). Verso il finale, sembra regalare suggestioni di pepe.
    • Finish
      F: non lunghissimo ma abbastanza persistente; vaniglia / cocco (c’è un che di tropicale) e tanto malto. Ancora frutta secca (mandorla) e pepe.

  7. JimmyLeg did not rate this whisky Member Senior

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

  8. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A real gem from the Arran distillery!
    • 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.

  9. tebond968 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Arran 8y 2004/2012 'Orkney Bere', 46%, OB, bourbon barrels, 5800 bottles
    Fresh nose where especially cereals and herbs stand out, on a background of sweet notes. Vanilla and honey especially. But so many grains and herbs. Fresh (garden) herbs. Mint, thyme, rosemary. Hay and straw too. Oh, yes, that straw is striking. And the longer the clearer fruit. Yellow apples, yellow plums, pineapple and pears (the age probably). Special, and quite nice to smell. Round, soft and creamy mouthfeel. The grains are nicely encapsulated in sweet and fruity elements. The honey and the vanilla, along with a bit of candy sugar, and the rather white fruit. Apples, pears, white peaches. Again the straw. The spices on the taste are rather the kitchen variety (nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper) and are accompanied by round oak. Medium, fresh aftertaste, pungent (the grains, herbs and oak) on a sweet background. Special profile. And better than you would expect from a young grain experiment. Much better. I am incredibly curious about longer ripened Bere whisky. A modern variant of the legendary Local Barley's? Imagine ... 86/100 http://onversneden.com/2013/01/29/bere/

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87


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