Arran 2004

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 102.93

27 × in wishlist

171 × member ratings

442 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 2004

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.71 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A young, fresh but also bitter Arran.
    • Nose
      Clean, malty and yeasty. Floral notes of hay and heather. Wet grass. Some citrus.
    • Taste
      Unexpectedly waxy and mouthcoating. A little pepper. Apples and lots of liquorice. Later on more bitterness.
    • Finish
      Quite long, Dried fruits. Becomes salty at the end.

  2. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Balance (22)
    Bravo! 89
    • Nose
      The aroma is juicy, tropics, honey, vanilla, malt and citrus marmalades and wax. Deeper a little unwashed animals. Incredible for 8 years (23)
    • Taste
      Fruit, spicy, exotic, wax, vanilla tones (22)
    • Finish
      The finish is slightly mineral, spicy with lemon peel, wax, salt and cool grass. The last wave of juicy radishes (22)

  3. 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.


  4. sarthur71 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    high-quality whisky, one feels density, power, but lacks something fruity or unusual for a slightly higher mark, and looks like 15 years old, would not give 8, although in the empty glass light fruits are clearly audible, it was very drinkable and hurried to drink , maybe if you give a good breathe, then everything would come, an empty glass 89 :)
    • Nose
      88 88
      wood-spicy-grass punch, in one solid stream
    • Taste
      87 87
      all the same, without much change, except that the pepper appears a little stronger
    • Finish
      87 87
      chews well, plus a little bitterness

  8. Sandman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    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.

  9. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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)


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