Arran 1996

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask
Stated Age
15 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
53.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Dec 2012 11:24 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 266.03

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 1996

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.58 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur


    I was wowed by this when I first opened bottle number 124, but that was some years ago. From a 10cl decanted sample, let’s see how my palate sees things now.

    TAKE 1
    N: Far less sherried than I’d remembered. Actually appears more a bourbon matured malt with a [refill] sherry finish. Also of note, nice grainy dunnage-y vibes with dirty garage oils, Caramac, malt biscuits, ginger cake, dried whey/milk powder, stale dry salty crisp notes with suggestions of pickled onion & Worcester sauce crisp flavourings alongside earthy/sandy notes, fruity dry vanilla wafers, Cillit Bang? …. All sorts as I remembered from before. It’s also rather coppery.
    T: Hugely desirable start. Succulent, vibrant and slightly oily yet desirably dry-hessian/husky & coppery with aniseed/peppery action thereafter. This simply blazes initially, though where’s that sherry action? Refill PX possibly? The sherry action appears merely as the icing on the bourbon cake base.
    F: With the appearance of a lovely barley bourbon > sherry cask fusion, there’s an wood-echoe-y yet talkative light fungal-bungal-tastic finish.
    C: Sherry/bourbon, who cares. This is super whisky. Let’s come back to it another time.

    TAKE 2 [a few months later]

    N: Even this decanted sample has blossomed a few months after opening, oozing thick rich grain juice, ginger honey, the fluffiest cottonwool candy floss and ripe fruits along with a double-sweet raspberry coulis, the jammiest Jammy Dodgers, apricot jams,… amazing!!
    T: It’s huge so get that water in! The cask drives hard but with water comes the malt-thick, herbal/green-grassy beer & barley sugar driving distillate  – desirably lush and yet also bone-dry. Those favourably dirty coppery tones come through once again, on the turn.
    F: That’s one lovely ride.
    C: My, that nose. And overall, unique, lively and fabulous. Well kept bottles from this cask may become future classics. Scores say 91, for now!!!

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    3cl Sample

    'Elegant and characterful

    'N: Not your usual sherry nose. Theres a liquorice sherbet dip vibe, vanilla and caramel but with a fresh herbal strain through the middle which i'll come back to. Wafts of meaty earthiness within an oily brine like quality and some kind of paint or varnish solvent which is a little peculiar. Apples and rhubarb with some nutty malt coming through, raisins, hints of 'Wocestershire/tomato crisps' flavouring, coriander & chilli sauce with refried beans - something Mexican here, definitely some fresh chillies, lemon juice and El Jimador tequila. The more i sniff the more i think its a bourbon cask even though i know its a sherry cask, simply by looking at it - it's as dark as a 20yo+ sherry monster. Back to that fresh herbal strain - nettles in morning dew, blackberry bushes and raspberry leaf. Waves of sweet and sour come in and out, this nose never stops moving. Lots going on very interesting and characterful.

    T: Welcoming but tame buttery/creamy sherry arrival feels like its going to flail, but disappointment is everted as this elegant rich buttery sherry cask gathers momentum and enormity. Later on, you can add some creamy chocolate to that arrival and build. Those fresh dew soaked nettle leaves are in tact too.

    F: A steady sherry crescendo leads to a playful, vibrant and blossoming wood spice peak with some fresh aniseed and minty phenols coming after. Some subtle chocolate/caramel notes seep out at the death but the vibrant wood spices definitely have the last word.

    C: The nose is complex and unique but the arrival and finish are a sensation.

    Scores an A-

    Bottle no. 124/263 ‘Never disappoints’

    N: Sensational nose, potent, regal and refined - yeasty, malty and nutty with cacao, gristy grains, linseeds, nut & seed oils, orange oil, coffee liqueurs, sugared honeys, bananas over pineapples and set honey malt, toasted/buttered tea cakes, slightly browned popcorn - coated in butternut kiss, peanuts, oatmeal, cooked butter, [roasted] peas,……… but its the ‘Muscovado sugar/coffee-toffee sweet, sherried, toasted hazelnut maltiness that will charm you the most.

    T: Creamy, buttery, nutty, grainy, chocolatey [fruity/floral] honey arrival quickly becoming more fresh with damp forest hues coming from wood and spirit. Adding a little water brings out the thicker chocolate, creamy, sweet sugars which build and linger longer than neat. Theres some decent Tequila undertones here too.

    F: Nettles and Licourice freshness rules over the softer sweeter grain elements. Dry sherry wood comes to the fore and nutty husks linger with touches aniseed and vanilla. Bitter/sour red currants, rosemary and lemon balm remain, later dandelion. A creamy malt develops if you keep it in long enough. Over time, the dominance of the bitter/sour freshness diminishes a fraction, allowing the more delicate sweeter, nuttier malt to continue its theme without being swamped but the cask. This malt gets better as this bottle sadly wanes.

    C: Sensational nose met with a characterful palate, a challenging bitter fresh finish and a bottle full of surprises that never disappoints.

    Scores an A

  3. hefaists scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Excellent. The nose in particular is mind blowing! Arran is capable of greatness, which is good news for everyone.

  4. Finlaggan scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:


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