Arran 2004

Overall rating
85.65/100
votes
189
Whiskybase ID
WB37762
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
Barcode
5060044482458
Added on
16 nov 2012 5:20 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 132.60

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189 × member ratings

479 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Arran 2004

32 users have left 35 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.65 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blenders Glass.
    Maximum freshness - citrus fruits, herbs, spices, herbs. Honey notes and a lot of malt. Ginger and white pepper.
    Young and bright.
    The finish is long, malty, sweet essence, with spices.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The case when you are happy to have a bottle) Incredibly tasty and balanced for your age. Honey, citrus, wax, light tannins and a little pepper. 22.5-22-22.5-22
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. tribe scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Delicious paints, fruity fresh but also tart
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    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)

  9. sarthur71 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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

  13. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  14. 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)

  15. toklian scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N22 P22 F23 B22

  16. 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.

  17. JimmyLeg did not rate this whisky Member Senior

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

  18. 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.

    http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveaugust13-2.html#260813

  19. 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.

  20. 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/

  21. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  22. p4blo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • 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.

  23. Moro scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  24. ducksingel scored this whisky 88 points Editor

    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.

  25. Toffie76 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice freshness, quite well balanced. Nice product, clean and all in all quite pleasant overall
    • Nose
      tingles a little nose, it's fresh bright and clean. It's greeny, there is a feeling of grain. A lemony touch, citrus fruits. Quite mineral. A vegetal touch also, grassy. and as a bonus a little salty side. Many cereals on the nose. Malty / vanilla
    • Taste
      powerful enough to attack. Surprising for just 46 ° abv. The development is on astringency, a peppered boom. There follows a certain sweetness welcome.
    • Finish
      A bit short. Ends on a bitter / woody note

  26. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  27. Ivynor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A good arran (although I wonder how Serge Valentin can put 90), greedy and easy. A final fishing a little by its lack of scale.
    • Nose
      Very arran, but with less bitterness than usual. Green fruits, wood, vanilla, peach syrup.
      It's very sweet, creamy and greedy just on the nose.
    • Taste
      Sweet, sweet, woody. Green fruits always. The whole is slightly creamy.
    • Finish
      Medium, on wood, caramel, yellow fruits and apple.

  28. darren918jp scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    The bananas get my vote, no contest. Doesn`t anyone else get strong wafts of bananas on the nose followed through on the somewhat one-dimensional but tropical palate? 

  29. Sonett scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    This one should have stayed in the cask for quite some more years
    • Nose
      A nose of unmaturity, malt, yeast and some citric tendencies.
    • Taste
      Polish wax, light fruits and flowers, licorice (bitter),
    • Finish
      Medium long with a slightly salty metallic end

  30. 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.

  31. aby scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    nose: rich barley (oatmeal, oatcakes, grain), citrus

    taste: i like this, it is very full barley, mango

    finish: medium

    overall: this reminds me a lot of the Glenmorangie finealta, but then a bit better  86p.

  32. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: vanilla, fruity - raspberry and yellow summer fruits, citrus, some aniseed, barley, malty and oatmeal
    T: very full, bitter, white pepper, wood influence and some fruits
    F: medium drying, caramel, citrus and floral
    young, not to complex but very nice, fresh and full

  33. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A special bottle, as the bare barley was used to produce whisky until the middle of the 19th century. This whisky combines the pleasure of this exceptional barley with influences of spices and herbs. I really recommend this one.
    • Nose
      Exceptional! The richness of the bere barley is playing a key role. Furthermore, grassy (freshly cut hay), mineral, herbal aromas and vanilla play an essential role. Adding water results in a large role for the vanilla; also, some toast influences can be detected.
    • Taste
      Round and fruity (white fruits), yet not too sweet, with hints of spices (oak influence). With water, the spiciness is more obvious.
    • Finish
      Revival of the barley, which combines perfectly with the spices to deliver a warm and rich finish.

  34. granella2003 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A particularly unique Bere Barley

    Whisky, this Bere Barley Barley is one of the most famous and old barley
    varieties in Scotland and in collaboration

    with (UHI) Distillers & the Argronomy Istitute of Orkney College,

    this special whisky processed and
    used.

    The primal ancient barley make the whisky is back with full wood tones and creamy fudge hints.The beautiful white gold color and

    soft scents of vanilla and dried fruit are moderately present and determine the
    first \step to taste. The slightly peppery

    flavor and creamy doing to hint of tropical fruit tasting shows he is very
    accessible and get the taste of sweet love strengthens. A soft that lingers long in the
    mouth and especially due to the raw barley that specially selected.

  35. Ralph Hiltrup scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This Single Malt Scotch whisky was produced in 2004 as a collaboration between
    the Agronomy Institute of Orkney College (University of the Highland & Islands)
    and the Isle of Arran Distillery. Bere is Scotland`s oldest cultivated barley and
    was commonly used until the 20th century for the production of whisky. Bere for
    this Arran whisky was grown on Orkney before being malted in Inverness and
    subsequently distilled and matured on Arran. It has been matured for over 8 years
    in American oak barrels and bottled at 46% without chill-filtration or the addition
    of artificial colouring. Modern barley varieties have long since eclipsed Bere in the
    whisky industry but, as this bottling testifies, it can still produce a dramtic and
    distinctive Single Malt offering a taste of pure history.

  36. Ralph Hiltrup scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:
    Colour: Ripe Golden Barley
    Aroma: Malty and herbal initially with hints
    of vanilla and freshly cut hay. A veritable
    hedgerow of aromas is at play whilst honey
    and sweet fruits emerge with a dash of water
    against a back-drop of rich, toasted oak.
    Palate: Ripe apples and oak dominate at first
    before a full-bodied spiciness envelopes the
    palate and cuts through the sweetness.
    Finish: The bold malt re-appears to mingle
    beautifully with the spices which soften over
    time. The influence of the Bere Barley is
    dramtic and unmistakeable; offering a
    taste of whisky as it used to be.

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