Arran 17-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pure by nature
Stated Age
17 years old
Ex-Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
09 Apr 2014 7:05 am by John Barleycorn

Average value

€ 100.06

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215 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 17-year-old

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.27 points

  1. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. VollePulle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. ahroeen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Spicy fruits. Black pepper. Chocolate.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Peppery, ginger, cardemom. Fruity. Milk chocolate. Rich and complex.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and good.

  5. NielsZ scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Very enjoyable whisky, whose flavours certainly demand time to truly open up. Given the addition of a bit of water I would describe this whisky as smooth yet complex and quite rewarding.
    • Nose
      1. Without adding water but 30min in glass: fresh fruit, green apple particularly, some vanilla, cinnamon, bitter as in fresh walnuts.

      2. With the addition of water: Nose gets a lot softer, honey becomes more apparent, perhaps even toffee
    • Taste
      1. Without adding water: rather stringent and sharp, perhaps even a tiny bit overwhelming. Strong bodied and peppery. Green apple is again noticeable. Overall a rather floral and spicy mix of flavours

      2. With the addition of water: Taste is immediately a lot softer, even though I didn't add a lot of water. Due to the lack of the alcoholic punch, a range of pleasant tastes get a lot more prominent, such as the green apple, fresh fruit and now also the sweetness of honey. As someone wrote here, soft but yet complex at the same time
    • Finish
      After about 15-30 seconds a very subtle hint of smoke or dried leather becomes discernible. In a way very similar to the finish of a decent cigar.

  6. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 446: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-A6zCXh_ok (87/100).

    "It reminds me of another whisky... slightly bitter malt that takes a while for the, you know, you get the cask interference and you kind of... it's a bit off-putting and then it settles down. And I was wondering what it was and I realized that is Bushmills."

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    On the nose, woody, with coffee (persistent this time, subtle sherry, chocolate, spices and fruits (cooked apples) .In the mouth, feeling of maturity but also ... alcohol! With water, the nose chocolate is maintains, but all the rest loses power, the volume of aromas becomes super low! In the mouth, it is honey and spices that stand out, while the alcohol is still present! It is clearly above the 14 years, but the flaws are the same! Enthusiasm 2/5

  8. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2016/06/15/arran-17-yo-2014-ob-46/
    • Nose
      N: la prima sensazione è quella di crema catalana, di zuppa inglese, di uvetta macerata e infilata in una grassa crema dolce… Belle note di marzapane, in crescita costante, e un velo di miele. Non si trascuri la presenza fruttata, piena, profonda e soddisfacente: mele (diremmo: mele cotte), prugne (diremmo: prugne cotte), anche agrumi (e qui no, non diremmo: agrumi cotti, bensì: arancia soprattutto). Resta costante il malto, vera costante di Arran, con note briosciose, di fette biscottate, magari “tutte shpalmate” dimm…armellata all’arancia (citazione colta, quasi: chi la riconosce vince un dram al prossimo Milano Whisky Festival!). Cocco. Molto piacevole.
    • Taste
      P: molto coerente, molto buono. L’apporto dello sherry, anche in questa fase, è relativamente discreto: tanta mela rossa, un po’ di cuoio, arancia rossa… Ma poi ancora frutta cotta e marmellata d’arancia; un grande ritorno sulle nostre pagine, lo zenzero candito!, magari pucciato nel cioccolato… Perché sì, c’è pure il cioccolato, al latte. Ancora brioscia maltosa e mielosa. Buono! Frutta cotta (sempre mele e prugne). Un velo di spezie (cannella).
    • Finish
      F: piuttosto lungo, molto coerente: frutta cotta, marzapane e arancia rossa multiforme.

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Lovely Arran that bursts with spices and is therefore a little less fruity than we are used to from this house. A touch too dry on the finish in my book. I do not think it is logical that you pine for a glass of water after a dram.
    • Nose
      Great nose on candied fruit and brown sugar, green apples, blood oranges, a hint of pear drops, banana peel and honey. Soft on the spices with both pepper and aniseed and a hint of oak. It’s a bit old school, which I quite fancy.
    • Taste
      The arrival is very austere and creamy and sherried. Loads of spices with ginger, aniseed, cloves, soft pepper and a hint of cinnamon. Then the fruit kicks in, translated into loads of citrus – orange peel included – red berries and some chewing tobacco. It even turns a bit sweet and sour, but in a way that works.
    • Finish
      In the long finish, it turns very dry on liquorice, orange liqueur and again aniseed.

  10. GJR scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Much better than the 16, pleasant, tasty and highly recommended ....

    (Head to head tasting between 16.17 and 18)
    • Nose
      Darker, more sherry notes, blood orange, raisins, light floral with honey.
    • Taste
      Warming, lubricating, sweet (honey), beautiful complex. do not show excessive violent sherry.
    • Finish
      Medium length, as with the 16, the wood tones now appear, with a pleasant spiciness (ginger, cloves, cardamom) and a little liquorice.


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