Arran 16-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pure by nature
Stated Age
16 years old
Bourbon and Sherry cask
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 19 03 13
Added on
27 Mar 2013 9:03 pm

Average value

€ 100,63

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 16-year-old

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.55 points

  1. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 365: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjU_EFmiO_M (83/100).

    "Decent but challenging. After 20 minutes with water, a more classic Arran fruit note exerts itself as the influence of the cask and the slightly off-note that I'm noticing within that cask starts to kind of recede."

  2. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2014/10/06/arran-16-yo-2013-ob-46/
    • Nose
      N: i nasi di Arran sanno essere ricchi e rigogliosi. Questo si offre difatti subito spalancato e avvolgente, mentre il mix di botti bourbon/sherry non fa che moltiplicare gli spunti degustativi. Da una parte, una bella cremosità, vanigliosa ma anche brulè; notiamo che la quota ex sherry pare ‘seccare’ un po’, equilibrando il tutto; comunque, dicevamo: pandoro, pasta di mandole, un po’ di caramello, zuppa inglese. Dall’altra, si apre un cestone di frutta mista: dalla pera cremosa ai frutti rossi accennati, uvetta, albicocca e un che di tropicale. Il malto è fresco, ‘vivo’, dà l’idea di un organico ancora in evoluzione, non c’è nulla di disidratato. Naso top, insomma.
    • Taste
      P: in un contesto di comunque reiterata ricchezza, si normalizza restringendo il campo di battaglia e lasciando in disparte il frutteto di cui prima. Prevale infatti quella composta ma intensa cremosità (creme brulè, zuppa inglese, biscotti walker al burro, tarte tatin), accompagnata da note maltate in crescendo e cenni di frutta secca (nocciola). Una grattatina di noce moscata.
    • Finish
      F: lungo e intenso, ancora burroso e maltoso. Ricco di frutta secca (noce, nocciola).

  3. Albaron scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Every now and then a maltiness works through that is fun and harmonises well with the citrus lime notes. At the same time he also has a slightly sprittige note with a solvent note. Still a good whisky.
    • Nose
      Tart, lime, a touch of vanilla, dry, mineral, now and then a delicate maltiness fights through and pepper is always present
    • Taste
      strong onset, dry, slightly bitter, black tea, sour, also here the lime, but not as clear as in the nose, some herbs and pepper
    • Finish
      The finish begins with oak and malt, even here the black tea, finally the acidity and a few tannins

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2013]  I found this dram in a commercial advents calendar. 

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 85.  I took no detailed notes and never bought a commercial advents calender again.

  5. GJR did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Not really high flyer, not bad too.
    • Nose
      Nose, melon, grapes and a little floral, not exaggerated proportion of the sherry casks.
    • Taste
      Taste: First sip rather spicy, ginger, alcohol, lots of fruit, slightly acidic.
    • Finish
      Finish: Not very long, abv is a bit too low imho, wood tones get the upper hand in the form of some nutty and clove / nutmeg.

  6. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted 22/01/2016 in an Arran line-up. 
    • Nose
      Dark red fruit, very sherried, yet floral. 
    • Taste
      Creamy, sherried whisky. Dark fruit (red berries), nutmeg, cloves, orange zests - which gives it a bit of a soury edge. 
    • Finish
      Medium, aniseed with hints of oak wood, orange zests again. 

  7. Sandman scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Grain, melon, apple, honey, vanilla custard, chocolate touch and sweetened bread
    • Taste
      Apples, honey, cereals, herbs, roasted wood and light acidity
    • Finish
      Medium with dry freshness and herbs

  8. molar3rd scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: So sweet and hedonistic : absolutely fantastic. Apples in honey. Sweet malt. Apple pie with fresh dough crust. And a bit of chocolate. so perfumed ! As fine as they get, before even trying the palate.

    Palate: Lovely sweet nectar: honey. Malt, spiced oak. Candied ginger and then some chocolate covered with caramel and Crème Brule. Wow.

    Finish: Dark chocolate sprinkled with Raisins and a lovely oaky finish too.

    This one is in my opinion the best Arran I have tried to date (I’ve tried quite a few, but not all OBs). If you’re into sweeter malts you are going to LOVE it, but again, if you do not like too much chocoalte honey and sweet notes in your dram, then better look elsewhere. Brilliant after dinner dram that will go great with desert, and Ice cream. Well done. Can’t wait for the 18 yo version. Good work folks.




  9. Dramlicious scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Arran comes of age and in order to celebrate that special occasion, the distillery started back in 2013 a trilogy counting down to the launch of their first 18 years old bottling.

    The first part of this trilogy was the Arran 16 Years Old, back then the oldest distillery bottling.


  10. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Limited Edition release of The Arran Malt at 16 years old with only 9000 bottles available worldwide. This bottling has been produced from un-peated malted barley and matured in a combination of the finest ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks. Its release marks the countdown to the launch of the Arran Malt 18 year-old in Spring 2015. It is a labour of love and currently the oldest commercial Arran bottling available. the 17 year-old edition in this series will be released in April 2014.Tasting Notes by Arran
    • Nose
      Rich, lush honey with hints of ginger and dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      Glides over the tongue in a glorious wave of sweetness and spice. Creme brulee at first followed by bitter orange and charred oak.
    • Finish
      Long and lingering - Arran is showing its decadent side at sweet sixteen.


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