Arran 1996

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Cask
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
55.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Tribute to Isle of Arran
Bottled for
Jan Vissers, Arran Ambassador
Added on
18 oct 2013 12:44 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 75.00

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Whisky reviews for Arran 1996

12 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.40 points.

  1. jivsto did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Not bad but not my type of whisky

  2. Kraddell scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Big thnx to Koen for the sample ! Pours very dark, amber/mahoniebrown , dark copper. Scent is very rich. PX, dare I say ? Iodine, sherryforward, oaky. Alcohol is quite strong and yet the aroma's of the wood still take the upperhand. Promissing! Taste is very intense indeed, a strong punch of alcohol opens the show, followed by loads of sharp oak, even some tannins, and a LOT of maltyness. It's intense, alright ! raisins, some caramel. A very outspoken sherry-forward whisky. Impressive stuff right there. Maybe a tad to high on the booze to me personally.

  3. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    a very big whisky at an honorable price, and for an almost incredible duration.

  5. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, an explosion of scents on the currants, on the macerated fruit, on an iodized mineral side, on old and sodden wood, in short with a return of old Moscatel cork, one has plenty of nostrils!
    • Nose
      sherry, dust, mold, iodine, hardwood;
      macerated and stewed fruits on rather orange or orangey fruits.
      a little grass, freshness!
    • Taste
      wood, leather, discrete smoke, fruits cooked and simmering on a cooker edge and some varnish oozing from the beam.

  6. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    I can easily say that this is the best Arran I have drunk so far. But that is very easy since this is my second Arran
    • Nose
      A rich, full, deep, intense and complex whisky with notes of rich sherry, figs, dates, chocolate, plums, raisins, red currants, spicy oak, cinnamon, clove, ginger, caraway seed, allspice, mocha, antique wax, old books , mineral notes, earthy notes, roasted almond, caramel, toffee, gingerbread, hint to cedar, biscuits and a hint of pine needles.
    • Taste
      An intensive, powerful, spicy, rich, layered and complex whisky with notes of spices (ginger, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, pepper), dried fruits (tutti frutti), dried apricots, dates, figs, dried cherries, sweet pipe tobacco, walnuts , chestnuts, dark caster sugar, strong English tea, raisins, marmalade, freshly baked cake, gingerbread, mocha, dark bitter chocolate, tannins, strong oaks, red berries and a hint of raspberries.
    • Finish
      A long, warm, rich and slightly drying aftertaste with notes of marmalade, chocolate, babe, oak, tannins, a hint to salty and soft sweet liquorice.

  7. Dede scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Big sherry on the nose, plums, fig jam, sweet spices, then it jostles, coffee, milk chocolate, the smell of an old paperback that we would not have opened for a long time, a hint of menthol, thuja. Opens with water,

    In the mouth, it is just as sherry, with a dry and tannic side, the wood is present, but fortunately balanced by raisins, tobacco, cloves. Alcohol is however present. It is really better with water that removes the alcoholic burn without affecting the very good concentration of this malt or bring additional bitterness.

    Long finish, liquorice but also tannic and quite astringent. Here too, the addition of water has a largely positive effect.

    In summary, a big sherry cask that task, not bad in the state but which only gives its full potential once diluted. Do not hesitate to add enough water, it is a very good swimmer.

  8. tebond968 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Arran 16y 1996/2013, 55.7%, OB, Private Cask for Jan Vissers, 174 bottles
    All right, putting the nose in the glass, immediately makes clear that this is terribly good stuff. Fresh, sweet, fruity and complex sherry. First that fresh. There is eucalyptus, there is laurel, there is something light minerals (lime?). There are also red berries (with sugar, sweet acid) and blackberries. Then the sweet. We already had the sugar, which is now going to candy, but we also have almond paste (more on the nuts, less sweet than marzipan). In addition to the berries, all kinds of dried fruit can be discerned. Especially plums, figs and raisins. And even grape juice after some time. So complex. And it has not been done yet. The oloroso also brings the smell of cigarette boxes, just like that of praliné. Of course I should not forget the oak, but it does not dominate the smell, it leaves more than enough room for all of the above. The color could suggest that it might turn into a taste trigger on the taste. Good news: that is not the case. The oak is more prominent, is even big, but there are, especially when you add water, enough sweet and fruity flavors to balance the whole. The fruit is quite diverse. Both the red, juicy variety, and the dried (dates, figs), as well as the candied. The latter brings me to the bolus (a sadly enough defunct coffee cake). Dark chocolate and almonds provide a nice bitterness. Herbs are also abundant. Pepper, salt, nutmeg. The mouthfeel is powerful, dry and warming. Long, complex and dry aftertaste on oak, chocolate, berries and herbs. He needs some water for my taste (but I am a sensitive little guy), and then he can easily reach the level of the beautiful nose. Wow. 90/100

  9. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Raisin, hazelnut, hot chestnuts, brown sugar, broth, malt, pine trees, tomato plant twigs and mocha. Some red fruits in the background, but most notes are as brown as this whisky's colour.
    • Taste
      Raisin, dark chocolate, mocha, roasted almond, caramel, liquorice, broth drops (Maggi), eucalyptus and a spicy touch like nutmeg. With water some blackberry.
    • Finish
      Very dark: Dark chocolate, mocha, espresso, raisin and marzipan.

  10. Thewowbar1986 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    For me by far one of the best,darkest Arran i ever had...gorgeous work from Mr.Ambassador Jan Vissers
    • Nose
      Indeed a very gorgeous,fresh and expressive sherry nose,raisins,brown sugar,oak...and indeed like mark said a slight bit of eucalyptus!?it reminds me more to a conifer tree...complex,fresh and well balanced!
    • Taste
      Sherry bomb,again the sweet raisins (sherry ofcourse),dark chocolat,oak,walnuts and hazelnuts...bit punchy(cask strenght)but not it stays gentle...
    • Finish
      Lingering soft sherry,oak,chocolat...

  11. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Outstanding! As far as I was able to ascertain, this limited
    bottling is sold out already. Boy, am I happy with mine, as this is the best
    Arran I have tried so far. Nice one, Jan!
    • Nose
      The nose is very expressive with sherry as the leitmotif:
      plums, raisins, fresh figs, redcurrants, nicely upholstered with cinnamon and
      cloves. Mint, or is it eucalyptus? Nicely fresh yet complex. Milk chocolate,
      sugared almonds, mocha and candied sugar. A splash of caramel and a trace of
      oak. Magnificent.
    • Taste
      It does not come as a surprise that sherry also leads
      on the palate, with dried, dark fruit, sugar and chocolate. The oak is much
      louder, giving it a bitter edge. But there is more than enough fruit to counter
      this. Chewing tobacco and walnuts. Pretty punchy! With a drop of water, the
      balance improves. It even contains a pinch of salt. Complex animal!
    • Finish
      The long, drying finish on chocolate, oak and
      liquorice, make me enjoy this for minutes on end.

  12. Toffie76 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    proceed by small gusts to avoid the effect OOoooompf, otherwise you will make a funny face in the first mouth. A man warned etc ...
    • Nose
      what to say? uh, kind wouuuuuuuh? Complex, very dense, to drown in it! Dried fries, such as raisins, cranberries, figs, dates. Stewed fruit, toasted almonds, marzipan. It's super loaded and greedy. Christmas Cake? With a little patience, the whisky opens with notes of citrus (oranges, tangerines) and orange blossom.
    • Taste
      An atomic bomb. The palate is over-saturated, but the beverage is not cloying. Explosive to attack. Fruity. Long. Spicy, cinnamon, pepper. A touch of freshness in the middle of the mouth (camphor, menthol)
    • Finish
      Cloves, bay leaves, pepper, and a malty roundness to round the corners. The malt pulse, beautiful, suave, it looks like a malteser. And while we are "chewing" the whisky, we put our nose back in, so beautiful.

  13. Bishlouk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This 16 year old buries a lot of "sherry" much older (and much more expensive). If Arran has other drums in this style, I can not wait to see what they will give at 25!
    Very complex, very powerful, seductive; this Arran is the best I have tasted so far.
    • Nose
      Nose taking well. Flambé and caramelized pear, black grapes sprinkled with balsamic, coffee biscuit. A very slight iodine behind all that, and the smell of woody mocha.
    • Taste
      Mouth very powerful, while being as well round. Slightly overcooked black grape pie, a pinch of nutmeg, dark chocolate tea, waves of sea salt. A lot of things on the palate, very distinct but that mix perfectly.
      Texture very fat and heady in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Final quite long. Large waves of caramelized and salted blackcurrant. A few mills of white pepper, melted dark chocolate. Sea salt goes up in the nose.


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