Arran 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L 10.08.09
Added on
30 Oct 2008 9:31 pm

Average value

€ 70.00

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92 × member ratings

173 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 12-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.98 points

  1. herby.usa scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: Strong, alcoholic appearance, leather, prunes, blueberries, malty sweetness, cedar wood.
    Taste: Sweet but spicy start. Dark chocolate. With water it becomes creamy and the sharpness disappears. Instead, there is a seasoning for the sweetness. The dark fruits come back.
    Finish: rather short and bitter.
    Conclusion: Quite inconspicuous, not really round whisky.

  2. sapecosta scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  3. Andytka3 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Subtle floral note starts to develop, with inviting caramel and
    trademark of hearty sweet malt. Underlay with juicy grapefruit and
    distant scents of after burn firework. Much refine compare to the 10YO
    but still a bit closed and shy. P- Frizzy tannin, smoked herby candy with a lot of strength for further
    development. At this stage a touch too much on oak and lack the

    F- Medium long, chewy oak extracts, dry out with heavy wood expression.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. tebond968 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Arran 12y, 46%, OB 2008
    Soft sherry tones in the nose. Caramel, coffee, tobacco. Chocolate. Nuts. Praline. White fruit too, especially pear. Pretty good. Taste: vanilla, apples and wood are almost the most dominant associations. Dry finish with caramel and nuts. Successful (and better) successor of the 10 year old. 80/100 http://onversneden.com/2010/05/14/twee-arrans/

  5. Gronqvist scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Taste
      Sweet with juicy oranges, spicy Sherry, dark chocolate, malt, caramel, nuts, citric acid, apricots, cloves and fresh oak. 
    • Finish
      Medium length with light sherry, malt, orange, rose water, candy-like, leather and tobacco. Slightly perfumed.

  6. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    The Isle of Arran Distillery grows up. Just more than 13 years since the first droplets

    are passed through the spirit safe in the Lochranza distillery something.

    The new

    expression of 12 Years Old is bottled at 46% and non

    chill-filtered. Not colored. Distillery Manager, James MacTaggart, comments "The

    12 Year Old INITIALLY which matured in refill sherry casks and then married for

    9 months in first-fill ex-sherry hogsheads Olorosso. The use of Spanish oak

    has added a new depth of flavor to the Arran Malt..."

  7. Feusi scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Fruity sweetness in the nose. Very pleasant, even in the strength with 46v%. The nose smells what the palate tastes. Long lasting and pleasant aftertaste. A sweet sharpness in the nose. The dram is light and tasty in the mouth. Not really convincing but it is not unpleasant.

  8. Lafroy scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Citrus notes, sour hints of meadowland, notes of sherry, light acetone, green apples, malted barley, detergent with fruit and citrus notes.
    • Taste
      Pure sweetness, fruit and citrus notes, a little bit of dryness, sea saltiness and rotten pears. Taste relatively well balanced, but it lost its flavor by too much dilution.
    • Finish
      Relatively short, semidry and unfortunately poor.

  9. SilentStill scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A good 12yo standard, which should soon be supplemented by a slightly older Arran. You can be curious.
    • Nose
      Quite light and round in the nose, also fruity with many memories of raisins, flowery-floral, in the background also quite nutty notes to hear. The keg discreetly draws attention to itself.
    • Taste
      A pleasant sweetness spreads in the mouth, also this Arran looks very mature for his still young age and you could take him 15 or 18 years to lose weight. As varied and round as the nose.
    • Finish
      Pretty neatly in the length and the barrel comes through again great.

  10. SilentStill scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nice standard refill with a good PLV.
    • Nose
      dark fruits, already remarkably vinous, but also flowery-floral, the sherry influence keeps coming through, in addition to a little nut flavor and the wood also gets a pretty pleasant attention
    • Taste
      full body, again is the sherry cask program, but this time a little easier. This Arran shows a remarkable maturity and depth for 12 years of maturation and can therefore certainly convince one or the other, who is rather averse to Sherrycasks. Again beautiful wood effect.
    • Finish
      With good length and here the wood leaves its pleasant traces.


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