Arran The Sauternes Cask Finish

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Finishes
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Dark Green Label
Bottle code
L 04 10 13 3 06:41 BB
Added on
17 Jun 2013 10:11 pm

Average value

€ 45.45

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Whisky Reviews for Arran The Sauternes Cask Finish

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.91 points

  1. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Rather well done, the Sauternes did not get the upper hand on the rest, it feels mainly in the nose and then fades.
    • Nose
      On the nose there is sugar, what do I say sugar syrup.
      There are white fruits, apple, sweet spices and citrus fruits. There is a slight cooked meat side.
    • Taste
      Alcohol well integrated, sweet and salty. There is pepper and a slight vegetable bitterness. The wood is also present as well as a rather embarrassing citric side.
    • Finish
      Cocoa and vanilla, light woody, vegetable spices. All with salt. Beautiful length.

  2. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. señor_D scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Maybe it's finished in sweet wine casks, but that doesn't get in the way here. It's an islander on the nose and palate, no question about that. Good strength too!

    Nose: Green summer apples, fir, good amount of salt and smoke.
    Taste: Buttery arrival, apricots, malty with mint in development.
    Finish: Medium length, cider, salty caramel, bitter sage-ish note, soot.

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Part of a cask enhancement tasting.

    The nose and taste are what you expect from a Sauternes cask, albeit the 50%, however, it appeared a bit thin, so take a good mouthful;-)
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      grapes, melon, vanilla, sweet, wood, leather, resin, orange
    • Taste
      sweet white wine, vanilla, sweet, cane sugar, raisins

  6. jeoff scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  7. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Not quite what you would expect from a Sauternes at first, but if you give the malt but time and a few drops of water, it comes out quite well, a few years more would do him very well.
    • Nose
      sweet, apples, oranges, light, white wine notes, very subtle caramel, the bourbon barrel gets through more than the europ. Oak, tendency to candied apples and light bitterness, decent youth, light alcohol, clearly honeydew melon, with water, he makes initially more and comes out after some time, after the second sip of marzipan and honey, at 20+ min clearly milk chocolate
    • Taste
      sparkling fresh, not nearly as sweet as expected from the finish, clear oak, spices, slightly sour fruit, in the second sip clearly sweeter and winy
    • Finish
      rather short, oak lasts longer, in the second sip much longer

  8. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    After initially maturing in traditional oak casks for approximately 8 years, The Arran Single Malt in this bottling was finished in a selection of Sauternes wine casks sourced from an artisan producer of this iconic Bordeaux sweet white wine. Our Master Distiller, James MacTaggart, has carefully monitored this period of secondary maturation to ensure the perfect balance is struck between the Sauternes casks and the intrinsic sweet-fruity character of The Arran Malt. The end result is a Single Malt full of charm, complexity and quality.

    Tasting Notes by Arran
    • Nose
      Honeysuckle, melon and marzipan with a spicy edge to add balance. Add water and a lush fruit attack appears with banana, forest flowers and a rich nutty character.
    • Taste
      Richly honeyed and backed with a lifting zestiness which slides into spice and zingy salt. Once the dram opens out, vanilla and sultana stand out followed by notes of toasted oak.
    • Finish
      A glorious combination of voluptuous Sauternes and snake-hipped Arran Malt - a richly rewarding partnership.

  9. T.Norad did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      grasses slight citrus note
      slight alcohol note mint sweet Papaya? unbrowed tea leaves (black tea) sourish note as from a white wine shortbread butter
      With water: fruity pipe tobacco
    • Taste
      sharp alcohol note creamy very light hazelnut salty

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Initially this ponged, a honky nose.  Firstly thought it was a sherry finish and theres some sulphur around too. Its quite detergenty with dried apricots and mangoes, some bitter lemon citrus and malt peaking through as the ethanol softens, turning into a pokey speysider all of a sudden. The sherry/sulphur is back, weird stuff, feels like its troubled.

    T: Thickish honey wine arrival, touch of sulphur but this is short lived as the light bitter/lemon malt sugars enter the fray. Sulphur comes back but its never totally 

    offensive. A little pepper, very spey like. Neat development

    F: Bubblegum, wax and lots of vanilla oil join the fine black pepper that seems to maintain a perfect light seasoning till the end. Tropical dried fruits and [Fox’s?] pink waver biscuits conclude this malt moment.

    C: The finish is the best part of this peculiar dram. Sauternes finishes are often troubled and this is no exception.

    Scores a C


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