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Arran 14-year-old

Overall rating
83.64/100
votes
578
Whiskybase ID
WB55100
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pure by nature
Bottled
10.10.2014
Stated Age
14 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060044481826
Added on
24 May 2014 9:20 am by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 47.60

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578 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 14-year-old

72 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.64 points

  1. Jordanite scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Arran 14 is a bit of a Goldilocks, it shines when the water is just right. The nose (once properly aired and watered) presents soft raisins, gentle vanilla, peaches, gingerbread and a salty citrus tang. The palate experiences quite the flavour journey. The arrival begins with a rush of apple juice, after which the charred oak spikes in the mid-palate. This in turn fades away to reveal cooking spices, a touch of vanilla, honey, soft cereals and more salty citrus. The finish is warming, decently long with no unpleasant notes. Arran 14 takes more work than usual to enjoy, but give it water and time, and it rewards your patience. Honest whisky at a commendable price.

    Review for 2017 bottling: L03 11 17

  2. Andytka3 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N- Not nosing as 'old' and oily as previous batch. This new batch may be less expressive, but gives more on fresh cut fruits, fragrant honey extract, toffee and sourish tart passion fruit. Despite soft, still with plenty of muscle and solid on structure.

    P- Compote of sweet fruits in orange and zesty pear juice, drizzle with abundance of honey. Sphere of chocolate coating.

    F- Medium, husky hue, spirit-y dry sparred with the fruity sweetness, well rounded. — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 87 points Super Administrator

    This lesser-known whisky from the Isle of Arran takes you on a fascinating journey of smell and taste. A tropical fruit basket with papaya, mango, pineapple and melon awaits the nose, enriched by aromatic spices, honey and cereals. It's quite complex! After an intense and citrusy arrival, the taste evolves floral and gingery with hints of sage, coriander and fructose. The oak kicks in nicely, leading to a robust and chocolaty bitter finish. For a mid-aged Single Malt, Arran 14 is really hitting the spot. It's a big event, an excellent value and highly recommended!

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 87 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose is a tropical bomb with a touches of mango, pineapple, papaya and some vanilla cream sub-tones.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is slightly sweet and sour with a profile of pineapple milkshake with pieces of yellow apple and lemon.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is short to medium and has a beautiful sweetness of tropical fruits along with vanilla and spicy oakiness.

  5. SilentBeing scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    An excellent whisky. Fragrant and full of flavours. If you like those elderflower soft drinks and spice you will love this one.
    • Nose
      Lovely fruity and slightly malty nose with peaches, pineapple and a very distinct aroma of elderflower that accentuates with water. A little vanilla and honey.
    • Taste
      Continues from the nose. Fresh fruit arrival with pineapple, peaches, pears and a hint of elderflower. Fairly honeyed. Develops a very discreet and fresh lemon sourness and a little ginger. Towards the finish the ginger and elderflower becomes more pronounced.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, biscuity and slightly dry. Elderflower, sweet chili, bitter dark chocolate, oak and a little saltiness.

  6. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Whisky with a good balance, sweet and fruity, also some character. Great daily dram.
    • Nose
      Honey, vanilla. Citrus, fresh apple, grassy. Also toffee, nuts
    • Taste
      Light peppers, honey, vanilla, peach. Oak
    • Finish
      For a long time, some peppery, dry, goes to some bitter. Also sweet, honey, light peach. And (oak) wood.

  7. chrisyeo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Tasted 30ml Sample from Whisky.Hedonist

    Nose - Fresh fruity sweetness
    Taste - sweet first , very mild burn, orange peel like bitterness
    Finish - light sweetness lingering short-medium finish
    • Nose
      Fresh fruity sweetness
    • Taste
      sweet first , very mild burn, orange peel like bitterness
    • Finish
      light sweetness lingering short-medium finish

  8. chrisyeo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    30ml Sample by Whisky.Hedonist

    Nose - Fresh fruity sweetness
    Taste - sweet first , very mild burn, orange peel like bitterness
    Finish - light sweetness lingering short-medium finish
    • Nose
      Fresh fruity sweetness
    • Taste
      sweet first , very mild burn, orange peel like bitterness
    • Finish
      light sweetness lingering short-medium finish

  9. hafssol scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Clear and quite smooth, with hints of grass and vanilla, beyond a bit of alcohol edges. A good natural feeling, like most of this distillery's malt.

  10. dapoinbua scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    fortunately i could get the last bottle form my local dealer in december since arran does not produce this any more. i fell in love in this bottle a time back and was very lucky to get another.

    now drinking it again i remember why i loved this whisky so much. arran in general is great but this expressions somehow speaks to me the best. the sweet sour salty character you get from arran is rounded perfectly by the age, but not too much to become boring with too much age. the 14 years are the perfect balance to keep the distillery character while giving it more elegance than for example the 10y old. if you can get your hands on this one, you should. this is one of the drams i will never ever forget.
    • Nose
      93 93
      the smell you get when opening a fresh pack of cigarettes, not the tobacco but the whole packaging including the filter tips and everything else. topped with maritime sweetnes. god i love this nose. wet wood. nail polish. sweet vanilla, citrussy notes, maybe grapefruit? this sweet lychee wine you get for free at the chinese when spending over 30 eurobucks.
    • Taste
      93 93
      such a delicate sweetness. fizzy notes with this maritime sweet and sour notes. this is a whisky you should marry. the decent saltiness makes everything even more enjoyable. grapefruit and ripe kiwi. also some floral notes come into play - maybe lavender?
    • Finish
      92 92
      middle long. gives you the memory of the perfect sip you just had a few seconds before.

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