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Arran 14-year-old

Overall rating
83.70/100
votes
603
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

€ 92.57

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 14-year-old

75 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.70 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. 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

  3. 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

  4. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is a tropical bomb of ripe mango, pineapple, papaya and vanilla. Taste slightly sweet with a pineapple milkshake profile with apple and lemon slices. The finish is medium, slightly sweet, tropical-spicy.

    Great release from old Arrans, very bright tropical aromatics framed by nice bourbon barrels, very cute.

    RATING: 86pts - | 83 - 86 (B) → Good | - Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.

  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. 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.

  9. JoachimV scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Fruity: Lime, white grapes, pineapple, kiwi, unripe bananas, vanilla and a little grassy too.
    • Taste
      Lime, honey, pepper, orange and pineapple. Pretty thick too. Pretty tasty!
    • Finish
      White grapes, lime and pineapple.
      medium length.

      Nice fruity, everyday whisky. Too bad they've discontinued these!

  10. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Smell: malty sweet bouquet, apple compote, pear, great balance, overall on the fruity side, according to vanilla in the base, no alcohol notes, biscuit, dec. to middle Wood note

    Taste: fine spicy notes from the wood, again a lot of fruit with a vanilla base, sweetish note, alcohol according to the presence, well integrated wood, according to nutty, medium finish, again with a little oak

    Color: golden yellow, narrow WR, clear

    Conclusion: It's clearly more fun than the description above - unfortunately discontinued by the distillery ...

  12. 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

  13. hafssol scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    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.

  14. Foudos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. Gweddry scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      weaker sherry, dense forest honey, ground pepper, barbecue spices, cappuccino, almonds, gingerbread DILUTED: papaya, grapefruit, more sherry, burnt caramel, dense forest jam, bublanina, resin
    • Taste
      dry, sweet, weak sherry, oak, citrus, vanilla, salted lemon
    • Finish
      first bitter, then sweetens, raisins, hint of honey, chili chocolate, oak, pepper, hazelnuts, prunes, sweet chili, biscuits

  16. Teomarg scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  17. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  18. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    very full and around for 14 years, definitely worth a recommendation. A great malt from Arran.
    • Nose
      89 89
      cues with vanilla, fruits and caramel, sherry appear and light maritime notes
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet chocolate and caramel, fruity, nutty and spicy, a little sherry
    • Finish
      89 89
      long and spicy, salty malty with oak and sherry, very light cinnamon notes come at the end.

  21. claymore84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 03-16-2020.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Dense and closed, with hints of tropical fruits and citrus fruits, lemon the obvious one. More fruits and fruits, with an underlying oakiness. A little more charred oak after a sip.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet, citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, fruit candy, licorice, some spiciness, some oakiness. Pleasant but boring.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long finish, with fruits salad and some creaminess.

  23. P.K.S scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The 14 is a impressive complex dram.
    • Nose
      nose sweet honney,vanilla,fresh oak,broun sugar,toffe some riped Apple
    • Taste
      honey, vanilla, ginger, almound, apple, citrus, hint of chocolate
    • Finish
      Finish long finish ,dry finish,sitrus some barley sugar, caramel,cinamon,pepper spisey oak. Its amazing if you like complex wiskey

  24. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  25. TheSan scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Very nice indeed
    • Nose
      Fresh and light.
    • Finish
      Long, slightly bitter (pure cocoa) finish with lingering Granny Smith apple skin aftertaste.

  26. Estega7 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  27. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/06/06/on-location-arran-lagg/

    C: Well worth the maturation jump from 10 to 14 years. Both this and the 10yo share the sour citrus & barley sugar character. Additionally, cocoa notes [amongst others], help shape the form and honeyed bitter lemon finish. We are told the 14yo is likely to be discontinued, so grab your bottle while you can.

  28. LeChiffre scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    An interesting and quite powerful malt of Arran. Here I like the sour fruitiness paired with the peppery spice. The finish could be a bit more harmonious and interesting. PLV is good, but the Arran 18J is the better choice for me.
    • Nose
      84 84
      fresh-fruity-sweet (fruit, citrus); Vanilla; Honey; Herbal notes; subtle notes of spicy oak behind
    • Taste
      84 84
      powerful; starts sour-sweet and tingling on the tongue; then goes more in a peppery-spicy character; slightly dry and nutty-chocolaty; Citrus fruitiness
    • Finish
      82 82
      warming; sweet and spicy (slightly peppery); still agreeably bitter oak notes emerge

  29. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I like it very much today. More intense than I remembered him as fruit and pepper. Tastes.
    • Nose
      Lemon fresh, the first scent rises in the nose. Then quickly becomes intense and fruity. Pear, peach, nice game of sweetness and acidity. Lemon cake with icing.
      After a while he becomes herbal. Some fresh grass. And honey.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it starts again sour-fruity. The 46% are pleasant, alcohol barely noticeable, taste is there. And with pepper! From the fruity sweet and sour mix comes out suddenly a pepper note. But fits somehow. Make history even more interesting. But then it goes down again and it gets lemony and tainted in the finish. Stayed for a while.

  30. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  31. DocF scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Color: pale gold

    Compensates for time and water. Above average 14 year old for good money, sometimes has something Irish.
    • Nose
      Opens after about 3 minutes, fir honey, mint, ripe mango, malt beer, oatmeal. Honeysuckle. With water: floral, fruity. Elderflower syrup, passion fruit. Something sherry.
    • Taste
      Oatmeal, light tingling, elderflower syrup, mango, hot coffee. With water: elderflower syrup, malt beer. Ginger. Canned peaches.
    • Finish
      Cacao, (rum) grape nut chocolate, wet earth, some residual fruit. Peach.

  32. Lumpowitz scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Overripe apples, light caramel, nut roll, a subliminal hint of wood smoke. The apples develop after a long time in the glass to fermented with a hint of ammonia.

  33. pianoman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity. Yellow apples, pears, light honey. Custard, a trace of wax. Dry earth, hazelnut. Autumn leaves.
    • Taste
      Apple pie, banana, vanilla, a hint of pepper. White chocolate, a hint of walnut. Warming.

  34. Calmar scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A very simple, young mole, but dense and rich, boring, though slightly spoiled by excessive bitterness.
    • Nose
      Restrained, dry, young, woody-grain, wood dust, vanilla, green grass, lemon peel, shortbread cookies with jam.
    • Taste
      Thick, rich, sweet-woody, light bitterness of young bark, grain, malt, light moonshine notes, a little pepper, there is more bitterness in the development.
    • Finish
      Fresh, warming, slightly astringent oak, nuts, corn, tablets without shell, sweet confectionery notes - baklava, burnt jam.

  35. fgg scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Flat nose. Vanilla, roses, floral. Something fruit, apple, banana. Little exciting.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Here too, a flat floral taste where little happens. A touch of vanilla. A small pepper in the background.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Light and creamy. Short and flat.

  36. The Macallan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N: fruity, spicy and wood
    P: mellow, warming, woodspices
    F: spicy and peppery
    C: with some water more fresh fruit. Not a bad thing.

  37. PedroXiménez94 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A different kind of painting. In addition the low costs. No cooling filtration and undyed. Great
    • Nose
      Sweet, exotic fruits. Surprised. Reminds me of peach passion fruit yoghurt. Citrus fruits. Salty caramel sweet. Slight nuttiness, maybe nougat chocolate. Vanilla. Light coolness, mint and floral notes .. Coriander.
    • Taste
      first sweet and tingling. Slight Pfeffrigkeit, which flattens relatively quickly. Oak barrel brings a nice dark touch, reminiscent of coffee. Is getting sweeter. Passion fruit can also be found here. Raisins. Refreshing.
    • Finish
      medium long, warming. sweet. Wood Influence mingles with the sweetness. Fruit that I pass as pineapple (that's how Arran himself describes it) Especially the mouthfeel after having bitten into a pineapple. Fruit gum. At some point I have floral notes in my mouth.

  38. Cast Olila scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  39. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2013/09/25/arran-14-yo-2010-ob-46/
    • Nose
      N: certo non si lascia desiderare, questo Arran… Cocco generoso e grandi zaffate tropicali; in generale, tanta frutta: melone (confettura di melone), yogurt cremoso alla frutta (alla pera, dai), in generale frutta gialla (pesca). Un certo apporto d’agrume (scorza, forse mandarino?). Poi, tanto tanto malto, in un modo che comincia a distinguersi come Arran. Un po’ di frutta secca e legno appena lucidato.
    • Taste
      P: l’attacco è un po’ slegato e deboluccio, lascia temere il peggio, che però non arriva! Per capirci, il palato resta un flop rispetto alla intensità e alla discreta varietà del naso: sicuramente distinguiamo gradevoli note di malto e frutta secca (noce e nocciola) ma il patrimonio di frutta del naso si dilapida in una dolcezza vaga e un po’ indistinta. Niente di sgradevole, ma un guizzo neanche per sbaglio.
    • Finish
      F: lungo e abbastanza persistente, ancora su malto, una crema di frutta (yogurt ai frutti tropicali? cocco e ananas) e frutta secca.

  40. oppi scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      dried fruit Sweet vanilla
    • Taste
      Caramel sweet fruit

  41. Immerenga scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      76 76

  42. larswehmeier scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Again a very tasty dram by Arran. On the way to my top 3 favorite distilleries.
    • Nose
      Sweet and salty at the same time. Like salty caramel. With dried fruit. Gets spicier over time. Some driftwood on the beach. Great maritime!
    • Taste
      Fresh and light on the first impression. But then getting stronger and stronger. Some nuts and a lot of chocolate.
    • Finish
      Spicy and sweet at the same time. Warm and long.

  43. mema82 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  44. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Fresh fruit, some apples, but also some tropical fruits which are in a can.
    There is lime in here, those sweet and sour lime winegums. Very attractive nose. There are actually quite a bag full of winegums here. Later there is some sherry influence to be found.

    Taste:
    Bitter sweet and sour. Again these lime winegums. A little chalk. There are also freshly cut tree branches. With a couple of water drops, the taste gets more to the fruity side.

    Body:
    Full and round.

    Finish:
    Medium length. Vanilla, sour cream and some sweet cake dough.

    Price:
    Very reasonable

    Presentation:
    Good. Love it that it is at 46%, NCF and NC.

    Comments:
    Bottle code: 27 10 16
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  45. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  46. dram_on scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    I can see why many like Arran, but this bottling just didn't go far enough for me ... 

  47. mer1973 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  48. Wiz scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Well. A simple bourbon whisky. For 14 years I would have expected something more. Pretty unspectacular.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  49. valery77 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  50. maltaholic scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Toll!
    • Nose
      Er hat eine auffallend gelbe Farbe. Sehr aromatisch, eingelegte Kirschen, leichter Sherry, Vanille.
    • Taste
      Er schmeckt genauso gut wir er riecht. Nicht kühlgefiltert kommt er mit 46% - und die merkt man. Herrlich kräftiger, aber fruchtiger Antritt, keinerlei Brennen, rund und gut.
    • Finish
      Ein für mich langer Abgang. Das leere Glas hat einen traumhaften Duft.

  51. Famous scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  52. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasty whisky. Not very complex, but just a nice combination of some fruitiness, sweetness and a bit of sharpness. Smell, taste and finish fit together nicely. No super surprising whisky, but just a nice daily dram, with a good price / quality ratio.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  53. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  54. Opeth83 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nicely balanced, little oaky but not too much. 
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  55. Glennie scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  56. GIORGOS scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  57. Koalafant scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    Complacent and reserved in the nose, then strong on the palate but not particularly balanced => Not my case (72/100)
    • Nose
      Weak honey and vanilla notes. Slightly dried mown grass and a hint of lemon and green apple. Slightly alcoholic and sweetish.
    • Taste
      Rather spicy-bitter with distinct sharpness
    • Finish
      Medium long, bitter and spicy. Slightly warming

  58. whiskybros scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    You can find our review at http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Arran-14yo/c21kp/57162b590cf2b05e61f50720
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  59. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  60. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Great price-performance-ratio, in my opinion.

  61. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  62. Glenladdie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  63. Dieter_W scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not very complex, but you can be wrong. There were probably many refill barrels at work.
    Gosh, where is the sherry?
    Was that just Refill Bourbon Hogsheads and third refill Sherry Butts?
    I can not find Sherrry overhad. blind tasting
    • Nose
      Oatmeal cookies - pear, lemon, vanilla - coconut - I can also find cinnamon - then sweet.
    • Taste
      young and creamy - creamy - and very flat on the palate - wood?
      First tastes very young after a time comes oak behind.
    • Finish
      short

  64. rottendon scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    My personal favorite and also my joker. The nose is surprisingly complex and appetizing, I could not find smoke, although the Kuhschiet would actually be a hint. Overall, he is well balanced. It's really fun and could find its way to my shelf.
    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Despite the rather light color, sherry is immediately noticeable with a slightly medical impact. After some life, it is even extremely dense and loses its medical impact. There is now a clear sweat score. Butter, caramel and pickled peaches are also available. Mixed pickles, French herbs and oatmeal cookies and butter again and again. Warms up even more dense and appetizing, but now also Kuhstall is included.
    • Taste
      Sweet, dark honey meets with herbs, coffee and a hint of chocolate, as well as a few crumbs of salt; salted caramel cookies, great!
    • Finish
      The aromas go evenly with a slight hint of menthol to leave a pleasant nutty impression on the tongue. The finish is medium long.

  65. MadScientist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  66. Gloin scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The smell is good for me, but if I did not know better I would never have guessed that sherry casks also played a role here. The whisky smells like a classic ex-bourbon whisky. This impression continues on the palate and the finish. Anyway, he tastes very good to me. A really nice relaxing whisky. blind tasting
    • Nose
      Green apple and vanilla, hay, apricots drizzled with lemon juice, a little oak, pear
    • Taste
      A very creamy body, really a great mouthfeel, while a sweet but powerful onset, sweet vanilla with white pepper, a little peach, some oak, sweet and complacent
    • Finish
      soft sweet-bitter oak, malt, again vanilla and the memory of the peaches and apricots, medium long

  67. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Needs water, and a lot. This is a 14yo, but seems much younger; it is more an expression of the spirit, and less of the maturation.
    • Nose
      w/o water - gentle. sweet of spring blossom. Lemon sweet. Vanilla. Milk chocolate.
      w/ water - floral sweet.black pepper. Citrus, Oily (etherial).
    • Taste
      w/o water - sharp, sweet arrival. Warm development of juicy oranges towards lemons.
      w/ water - soft, sweet arrival. Development of honey with hints of citrus.
    • Finish
      w/o water - bitter, even tart, lemon flesh flinish.
      w/ water - oily finsih of citrus and vanilla.

  68. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A nice and well balanced Arran. Not overly exciting or complex, but a more mellow experience with this malt. It’s a step up from the standard 12yo (not the Arran 12YO cask strength that's better than this expresion). This is a good everyday dram for after work sipping.

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-309-arran-14-year/
    • Nose
      A clean, round, fresh and vibrant whisky with aroma’s of sweet honey, vanille, hint of coconut, fresh oak shavings, cereal grains, hay, grass, some brown sugar, toffee, dried fruits, sultanas, peaches, citrus, marzipan, floral tones, cinnamon, caramel, apple and a subtle clove.
    • Taste
      A lush, round, full, fresh and silky whisky with aroma’s of vanilla, honey, cereals, grain, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, white pepper, hint of almond, pear, apple, citrus, hint of brine, baked apples, roasted nuts, soft tannins, oak and a hint of chocolate.
    • Finish
      A medium long and slightly drying finish with tones of barley sugar, citrus, cereals, slightly biscuity, caramel, cinnamon, dill, grass, pepper and spicy oak.

  69. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: fruits, vanilla, caramel
    Taste: oily, sweet, citrus, some pepper, malt
    Finish: medium long, soft, sweet, develops into bitter oak

  70. Finlaggan scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2015/08/the-arran-malt-14yo-distillery-bottling.html

  71. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    solid, strong island whisky with age of sherry / bourbon for a fair € 40, no frills, tastes.
    • Nose
      Cinnamon, cereals, raisins, some vanilla, light spicy-spicy freshness
    • Taste
      a short fruity touch of Haribo bear, then spicy, cinnamon, nut, fruit bread, gingerbread to earthy and chocolate notes
    • Finish
      rather long, earthy-spicy, cinnamon

  72. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The Arran 14 year-old is an immensely popular part of our core range of Single Malt. It is a perfectly balanced marriage of both first fill Sherry and Bourbon casks and is a righly rewarding Single Malt with depth of character and zest. It captures perfectly all the fresh character of the Arran 10 year-old with an added layer of intensity and fruitiness.

    Winner in 2011 of the Best Island (Non-Islay) Single Malt 13 - 20 Years at the World Whisky Awards. Winner of a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2012. Winner of a Silver Medal at the China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2014.Tasting Notes and Comments by Arran
    • Nose
      Dried fruits, vanilla and toffee up front. With a little water a salty tang appears, with caramelised fruits indicating a depth of flavour to come.
    • Taste
      An initial burst of brine leads onto warming toffee apples and hazelnuts. This is followed by dates, chocolate orange and spiced tea cake. The mouthfeel is overwhelmingly rich and weighty.
    • Finish
      A trademark Arran finish with cinnamon spices leading back to where the experience began, with a classic island-style salty wave balancing the sweet fruit of the palate.

  73. Grid did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    The bottle says something about a rich flavoured, spicy and complex dram. I can confirm that. 

    It truly is a complex single malt, oily (because of the age of course), and a round, well done experience. The more I drink, the better it gets, this means inner quality. The first time I tasted it, I was not fully aware of the subtle and complex flavor. The first sip was nothing special for me. But very soon it reveals a subtle complexity in a way I never tasted before.
    • Nose
      Fruity and alcoholic in the way of a middle aged cognac. Subtle spices, can not say which ones, maybe something like mild cinnamon and others? The creamy taste can be predicted already, especially when the initial alcoholic smell is gone.
    • Taste
      Milk chocolate with subtle spices in it, like creamy cinnamon chocolate. Only reminding of cinnamon, as there is no cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Quite peaty and reminding of dry weeds, a bit of cream at the end again. Thinking about sea and salt (Arran is an island), but no seaweeds and salt there (which is alright of course, saltiness would interfere with the creamy taste). The initial peatiness of the finish is wonderful and a perfect transition from the creamy chocolate-like taste I had before. Alternating tastes of cream and peat remain in mouth and throat. Very harmonic.

  74. Wolv scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  75. Cipidos scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

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