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Arran The Devil's Punch Bowl 3

Overall rating
86.01/100
votes
284
Whiskybase ID
WB56147
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2014
Casktype
Bourbon- & Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
6660
Strength
53.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
The Fiendish Finale
Bottle code
L 24 07 14 3 20:29 BB
Barcode
5060044482755
Added on
09 jul 2014 2:06 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 279.87

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Whisky Reviews for Arran The Devil's Punch Bowl 3

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.01 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    While I think this is a nice and interesting malt – well-made, if you know what I mean – I did like the first release much better (I cannot judge the second one). Thanks, Manny!
    • Nose
      Aromatic nose – albeit sugary sweet – on caramel, cherries, peach, banana, litchi and white chocolate. There is also a hint of grapefruit in the background, just like some oranges and vanilla. Even further back – almost hidden – is a mild salty breeze.
    • Taste
      It is quite creamy and piquant. Toffee apples come first, then some citrusy notes and finally some plums and peach. Yes, this is very fruity, but nutmeg, white pepper and loads of toasted oak make it a lot spicier than the nose made you anticipate. Some honey and toffee soften things up a little. From the second sip forwards, the fruit evolves towards the candied and dried variety. 
    • Finish
      The long finish remains spicy and sweet, with some nuts at the death. Right before it disappears, a touch of bubblegum rears its head.

  2. SAND scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    (Tasted blind)
    NOSE: Marzipan, nice wood. Takes water well, improves; dried yellow fruits, banana (88-90p)
    TASTE: The arrival is concentrated, on the mid palate rich, creamy and some wood. Takes water very well, improves; becomes more oily. Still a bit woody. (86-87p)
    FINISH: Oily, long, some black pepper. (85-87p)
    OVERALL: Total score 87 points.

  3. Deloti scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    the price is a joke for such an ordinary whisky

  4. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Surprisingly earthy and dry, this was not quite the punch bowl I expected from Arran. There were loads of earthy and almost bitter chocolate sherry notes, which showed a different side to the sweet fruity maturations that are more popular. I almost thought Arran had slipped some peated malt into this, but after looking up the makeup of the malt, it seems clear it was the French Oak influence that I picked up.

    I did not get any of the sulfurous notes that some online reviews lingered on— even from a freshly opened bottle. Yet, I found this a bit dense and hard to get into compared to your typical Arran fare. There was little of the tropical fruit or pastry notes I usually enjoy. The profile leaned far more into some of the earthy notes that usually undergird Arran.

    Mental Image: Chocolate Fig Buns
    • Nose
      Fruit, grass, and earth. Musty grape and fig arrived with cassis jam and slightly burnt toast. In the background were notes of leather, heather, earthy clay, and a subtle minerality that drifted toward burnt matchsticks.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied and quite oily with fruit, earth, and spice. Notes of semi-sweet chocolate with dried dates, apricots, and bitter orange peel. At times the profile was earthy with modeling clay, slate, mushroom, coffee, and leather. The subtle spice of cardamon and pepper appeared with notes of heather and cassis.
    • Finish
      Lingering notes of bitter chocolate and dates.

  5. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. ailean scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  7. Petrenko scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    21/22/21/21

  8. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A nice whisky. Would I pay the prices I see on the right, no way.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Before a drop of water I would have given it 83 but after adding the few drops it opened up and 87.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Lots to discover but also spicy, I did not see that coming.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, spicy, sweet.

  9. Schafranek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. VollePulle scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. hans1971 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Dominique69 scored this whisky 83 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  13. Blindbob scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    I really don't get the point of this.The marketing ad the packaging seem far more important than the actual whisky. Maybe I'm missing something and I need to try it again, but certainly not worth the hundred odd quid I paid for it.
    • Nose
      Solvents, Vanilla, oak, sherry.
    • Taste
      Hot chilli. Sweet apple taste. Pineapple.
    • Finish
      Long and hot. A bitter taste I can't place. Possibly a bit of oak.

  14. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In short: Without being the best whisky in the world, he managed the bet of an assembly made in Arran. It gives aromatic diversity and the desire to return to it. The limited editions of this distillery, like the Illicit Still, are real successes and not just marketing shots. Eight sherry casks, eight French oak, five bourbon. An evil word game? Er, not too much. www.passionduwhisky.com
    • Nose
      Nose: Exotic fruits, mandarin, mango, papaya. Coconut milk. Orange, a hint of lemon. Honey and a little chocolate. It's super greedy. Sherry is present.
    • Taste
      Palate: Fruits and honey come together wonderfully. Red and sweet berries, cranberry let's go crazy. Alcohol, what alcohol? White pepper caresses the tongue and produces a flash of acidity. Chewing raises the sherry side, chocolate, orange. I just love it.
    • Finish
      Finale: Chocolate, sweet cereals, mandarin again and the memory of a very good dram.

  15. Highland 11 scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      83 83

  16. Rubber scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

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

  17. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nose: some hits of glue, sawdust, but also quite sweet and spicy

    Taste: hmmz, this is a bit of a tricky one. rather sweetish mainly
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  20. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Wow, of course, it's hard to decide if III or II are crazier, but both have something of their own. If there were only an age left and if it was a 12, it would be even hotter.
    • Nose
      Perfumed beauty, peach, citrus notes, earthy, cinnamon, cardamom, orange zest, very own aroma blend and powerfully aromatic
    • Taste
      Mouth-warming and lots of salivation, lots of vanilla and cinnamon, dessert wine, peach, floral notes, fine oak and still these earth tones, orange zest also return
    • Finish
      Long, tingling, spicy-citrusy with the orange bitters and zests continuing

  21. Ria_Verberckt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  22. TK6000 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      85 85

  23. Tobi77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  24. Tobi77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Here is not only the packaging really cool. Too bad that hardly anyone turns it on. Nose: Grandios. Ne smooth one. Very dark chocolate. Some caramel. Just a bit like Storck Giant, only with a more attractive Mrs. Lange in mind, who is also 20 years younger. After a few minutes, the typical bright Arran fruit notes are added, followed by a touch of orange. Great, really great. Mund: although he has only 53.4% ​​(BTW does anyone know if this is CS in this case?) He has a tough start. Here the devil says hello! Not quite as much chocolate as before. For more Arran fruit baskets with Oranenerfrischungsstäbchen and neat oak behind. Hossa, he dances right on his tongue. When the matter has calmed down in the mouth, I have dark fruits and a nice dryness of Oloroso and a really great spice, similar to the CB Spice Tree. Finish: Just a mega long. Pleasant warming. The sherry tones remain with the seasoning. Conclusion: An absolutely worthy diabolical finale and one of the best Arrans I ever drank ... and they were very, very many. Absolute recommendation. With water: the bright fruits disappear, the dark are now more present. The power disappears, but he becomes "drinkable", but also boring. Above all, whoever dilutes a Devils Punch Bowl, does not have to be surprised if he fries in the taste purgatory. So stay away from the water! A horny dram!

  25. whiskybros scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    You can find our review here http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Arran-The-Devils-Punchbowl-III-Fiendish-finale/c21kp/57c14e6ada6989613dd395e1
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  26. Snerik scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      It’s a very floral nose, both red and white flowers. And viol! Some dried fruit, yes, and honey and sulphur/matches. 
    • Taste
      Oily texture, better than the nose really. The bourbon cask really comes through here. Honey, mixed nuts and druid fruit (mango, apples and pineapple). 
    • Finish
      It’s long and balanced, however, to floral for my taste. Viol, honey, mint (!) and it has a candied feeling to it. 

  27. Springfrench scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Arran Devil's Punch Bowl 3 is not just a marketing whisky. James MacTaggart has succeeded here an assembly that perfectly illustrates the name of the whisky. Not too complex, it revolves around three main dominants, which makes it very efficient and easy to access. He has no real defect, but he also has no exceptional qualities.
    • Nose
      A nice wave of freshness! Many cereals, some honey and vanilla and some wood. We clearly feel the influence of toasted bourbon casks. In another register, one finds dark chocolate, cherries, black grapes. It is very pleasant and quite atypical. The whole is rather balanced and not too alcoholic. Let's go in the mouth.
    • Taste
      Intense on red fruits and spices, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, horseradish. The trio dark chocolate / red fruits / spices work diabolically well. The bitterness of chocolate is counterbalanced by the sweetness of the fruit. It is well balanced. Bourbon casks add a little light to this infernal universe, with sweet notes of vanilla and honey.
    • Finish
      very long and intense, on the bitterness of dark chocolate and spices, with just enough fruit for this devil's cup to entertain us for a few more minutes.

  28. Sandman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    My notes from 18-10-2014
    • Nose
      Freshness with vanilla and honey, malty, chocolate and cherries
    • Taste
      Intense spicy, cinnamon, chocolate and peppery
    • Finish
      Very long, sharp at the beginning, but you feel it slowly sliding through the throat and becoming sweeter.

  29. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior



    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt



    Nose: Perfumed and aromatic, with fresh peach and citrus. Slightly earthy notes further on.
    Palate:
    Warming with big notes of vanilla and cinnamon, followed by wine-like
    sweetness and developing floral hints. Hints of pepper and orange peel.
    Finish: Very long. A devilish lick of spice on the tail.
    Overall: Will you be tempted by the Devil one last time?



  30. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The third and final chapter of The Devil's Punchbowl trilogy is a very
    nice whisky, well crafted and powerful. It's difficult to say it has a
    specific or dominant flavour, maybe shy is the right word. To me, the
    taste improves significantly by adding a splash of water. Devilishly
    delicate but difficult this one!

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      Very aromatic nose with fresh yellow fruit, peach, banana and
      grapefruit, complemented by lingering citrus and lemon notes. With time
      slightly coastal aroma emerges with sea air and a hint of salt, along
      with a whiff of earthy flavours.
    • Taste
      Boy, now here's the power! Warm with a big fruity sweetness and delicate
      floral notes on the palate. Gentle oak spice and cinnamon develop with a
      whiff of pepper and bitter orange peel. Lateron delicious gooseberry
      emerge with lingering vanilla. Delicate.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and spicy. Creamy with a sort of bubble gum flavours on the tail.

      WITH WATER: There's more fruit on the nose with peach and gooseberry,
      and an increased fruity sweetness on the palate, complemented by
      prickling oak spice. The finish is significantly more creamy, even silky
      with lots of bubble gum and sticky honey in the end. Amazing.

  31. sopie scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  32. Feis_ile did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Arran The Devils Punchbowl chapter III, nicknamed 'the devilish finale, is the third and last of the devil trilogy that started in 2012. A limited number, again, 6660 bottles came from 21 selected barrels: 8 Oloroso, 8 French oak ripening process and 5 bourbon barrels.

  33. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    While the second release in this series couldn't live up to the first one, this third and final chapter comes a lot closer. Nicely crafted and a quality dram.
    • Nose
      Sugary and sweet. Caramel, cherries, strawberry, brown sugar and dried red fruits. There is more sherry influence than in chapters one and two. After a while some vanilla appears, as well as a light orange aroma. Also a nice warm porridge smell.
    • Taste
      Caramelized apples. Also prunes and apricots. Lots of citrus, followed by pineapple. Next up are wood spices and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Sweet malt and spicy with some added peaches.

  34. st7 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  35. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    just nice, multiple dimensions, but some strong alcohol in the end
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  36. murphyr12 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Isle of Arran The Devils Punch Bowl III - The Fiendish Finale 53.4% ​​Nose: lemon-vanilla ice cream. Mint, very refreshing. A cool greeting from the Firth of Clyde. So far, only little alcohol in the nose. Now your nose is going towards straw. Wet straw. Many floral notes. A light but a little sweeter sweetie. So far no sign of a devil. For "Fiendish" there are several translation options: devilish, inhumane, hellish, devilish or dodgy. Fits so far not really. At most the PLV could be tweaked. But the nose is not bad so far. Speaking of nose: another few minutes in the glass now let through a slightly metallic smell. Here you can see the youth, which can not be completely underpinned by the use of different barrels. The proportion of smoky barrels is not noticeable so far. Since the sherry barrels sit through better. Noteworthy in the light, but present grapes. But the youth stands out again and again. The bourbon barrel now shows the vanilla. And she does not want to go anymore. Time for tasting. Tongue: there's the youth again. Add vanilla and peaches. In addition, not quite mature varieties. Apples, pears and possibly bananas. The 53.4% ​​are very cautious. The finish is short, slightly nutty and fruity. Leaves a pleasant feeling in the mouth. Definitely must be tried again here. The fruit was precocious on the tongue. In the nose, it seems more fermented now. This increases the sweetness. On the tongue now stronger and more metallic. Kribbelt on the tongue. In addition citrus fruits. The departure remains similar short. Conclusion: Priced, I would put him on 60 €. The. Nose is very pleasant, but the tongue is a little too unbalanced.

  37. Tomh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  38. Gronqvist scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at the 4. November 2014 at a Whisky tasting, "New Releases" by Kokkens Vinhus, Glostrup, Denmark. 
    • Nose
      Scented with notes of bright peach, citrus, banana, apple, lychee fruit, malt, a little sherry, white chocolate, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, almonds, ginger, white pepper, straw, sea air with a little salt, oak and an earthy touch.
    • Taste
      Warm and floral with a wine-like sweetness and notes of orange peel, citrus, pineapple, guava, mango, plums, cranberries, dark chocolate, sweet sherry, prunes, dates, honey, cinnamon, raisins, vanilla, pepper, toasted oak and a buttery edge.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and spicy with notes of mandarin, almonds, raisins, vanilla, toffee, malt syrup and oak.

  39. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  40. walli_90 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Casks used:

    Oloroso Sherry Butts #219, 220, 714, 1643, 1648, 1827, 1828, 2105;
    French Oak Barriques #696-698, 700, 701, 703-705;
    Bourbon Barrels #042, 050, 052, 074, 079.

    No vintages given.

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