Arran 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
Batch 3
Number of bottles
53.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L19 03 13 3 23:25 BB
Added on
06 dec 2013 12:02 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 85.40

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Whisky reviews for Arran 12-year-old

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.42 points.

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Simply put: the 12yo CS is one of the best 'bang for your buck'-whiskies out there.
    • Nose
      As far as cask strength whiskies go, this one is certainly not as overpowering as you might expect. Not to say this is weak like the single cask #545, this just seems well-balanced. Some nice dried fruits and some burnt wood. Some caramel and tangerine accompany a malty aroma.
    • Taste
      Some nice oak flavours to start. Again, this is a very mild and subtle whisky. Some toasted coffee with nice dark chocolate. Also some citrus and orange next to some green apples.
    • Finish
      Medium-length with malt, orange and caramel.

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  3. tribe scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    The whisky was nothing. Had then mixed the bottle with a 10 ardbeg in a mini keg so that it was drinkable. The smoke was missing before and the sweet. Was only sharp in taste and not round. Violent overexcited mouthfeel
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      69 69

  4. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 502: (84/100).

  5. thewhiskyboss1 scored this whisky 78 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Robbezzz scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Nose: a fresh smell of vanilla, nuts and a little bit of dark wood.  A real joy for the nose.

    Taste: a little spark at first. This is a whisky that feels thicker, but very nice. 

    Finish: a long finish with a fresh taste.

    Real joy to have tast this one!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. paulmalt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Great value for a 12 year old cask strength.
    • Nose
      fresh fruits like strawberry and pear, cinnamon, wif of salt, fizzy sweets.
    • Taste
      honey, strawberry, bit salty, cinnamon, rosewater.
    • Finish
      Spicy,salty with a bitter note.

  9. HammerHead scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. notesofmalt scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Arran 12 years "Cask Strength", original bottling, batch 3, bottled 2013, 53,9% alc. Region: Isle of Arran, Scotland
    Special feature: Limited to 15,000 bottles.
    Nose: vanilla and tropical fruits, a very clear apricot, with some banana and oak flavors. Then followed by malt and toasted toast.
    Palate: vanilla and citrus fruits, bitter oak. Dark chocolate, dried fruits and nuts, malt and green banana, freshly roasted coffee.
    Finish: Long and increasingly spicy, towards the end. Again, a clear impact of malt and vanilla.
    Conclusion: Nice PLV, easy to enjoy. In my opinion he only tolerates water very little.
    82/100 points (tasted 2015, approx. 40 €) Thanks to Daniel alias Peat Head for the sample.

  11. mds51 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      kräftig, Alkohol. Wenn dieser verflogen ist leichte Vanille, Zitrus, Malz, Aprikosen, leichte Röstaromen
    • Taste
      Zu Beginn viel Toffee, dann nussig, Eiche, Zitrus, Orangenschale, geröstete Mandeln, Aprikonsen, dunkle Schokolade
    • Finish
      bittere Eiche und leichte Süße, die Bitterkeit bleibt relativ lange erhalten.

  12. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      nuts, sherry, mint, orange, syrup, oily and butter    
    • Taste
      full with nuts, citrus - lemon, some sulphur, some fudge, carton and spices    
    • Finish
      medium drying with citrus, vanilla and some sweets

  13. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Double Gold Medal San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2013. For Batch #3 of The Arran Malt 12 Years Old Cask Strength our Master DistillerJames MacTaggart has selected a combination of 5 First-Fill Sherry Butts, 13 Second-Fill Sherry Hogsheads and 31 Bourbon barrels which have been bottled at Natural Cask Strength. The influence of the Sherry Casks has enhanced the classic Arran characteristics of sweet fruit and spicy oak and the Bourbon casks give the vanilla smoothness to create a rich and powerful new edition of The Arran Malt.

    Tasting Notes by Arran
    • Nose
      A sweet balance of dried tropical fruits and toasted oak.
    • Taste
      Complex and refined, notes of dark chocolate and coffee beans dominate while a drop of water brings out fresh orange zest and roasted almonds.
    • Finish
      A lingering finish with a spicy twist which tempts another sip…

  14. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Good continuation from batch 2, still great value-for-money. They're hard to tell apart, but the previous batch appears a bit smoother / creamier.
    • Nose
      Caramel, vanilla, citrus, tangerine, malt, banana and apricot. Whiffs of mint, peat and perfume.
    • Taste
      Bittersweet with caramel, vanilla, citrus, malt, almond, milk chocolate, mocha, green banana, grapefruit and orange. With water more citrussy, and the caramel disappears.
    • Finish
      Caramel, vanilla, apricot, malt and smoke.


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