Arran 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
46.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 1000 ml
Bottle code
Added on
15 Sep 2014 12:32 pm by Erik Elixir

Average value

€ 35.57

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 10-year-old

57 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.86 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nose: citrus, bitter lemon zest, orange blossom, bitter lemon, tonic water, yoghurt chocolate, creamy, sparkling, Riesling, mineral, marzipan, Mon Cheri.

    In the mouth: oily, sparkling, pricklig-sharp onset, then sweetness, behind creamy-almond-marzipanig, Ferrero Raffaello, light spice (hazelnut, nutmeg) in conjunction with floral notes, exotic fruits (almost in the direction of Madeira, like at the Teeling Single Malt or Bushmills 21) and a touch (actually only a hint) of coconut. The last three points closely intertwined, probably owing a considerable share of first-fill ex-bourbon barrels.

    Finish: light oak with almonds and sweet cream. Medium long, definitely longer than one would expect at ten years (and without smoke).

    Conclusion: Refined and robust at the same time. As a metaphor: a light summer dress under which a surprisingly muscular body hides.

  2. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Rough and alcoholic malt. Some traits say it can be good at normal shutter speeds.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Basket of unripe acidic citruses, lemon, sour orange, freshly cut grass.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Lemons and green apples, a little grass.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Poor and faded, fusel and malt, bitterness of lemon peel and vanilla echoes.

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A young malt that suffers a bit from too active wood, I think. Too strong as an aperitif, but too light as an after-dinner dram. Okay, but not more than that.
    • Nose
      The nose is malty and sweet on mostly citrus and clear hints of fresh wood shavings. Quite sharp, in all honesty. After a few moments it settles down and offers hints of apple, melon and soft toffee and… errr… whipped cream.
    • Taste
      The arrival is quite spicy. It even burns with the first sip. Immediately lots of spices from the wood and a prickle of the alcohol. Only with the second sip does the fruit shine through. Think banana, melon, coconut and some citrus. Green tea. Turns slightly bitter.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long, remains spicy and offers some fruit before fading on vanilla and some lime.

  4. Joe Karacho scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A great Einsteigermalt from the Borubon, which could be synonymous with completely inexperienced palate and fix it, fruit and sweetness in a beautiful blend, a short finish does not detract from the joy and is affordable at this age and price, beautiful malt I certainly not for the last time in the glass had ...
    • Nose
      The full broadside of sweet vanilla, with mango and papaya as well as peach and caramelized citrus fruit, great nose, makes you want more
    • Taste
      Pleasantly oily mouthfeel, strong but not alcoholic, the tropical fruits are accompanied by light dried fruits and some creamy caramel, with some malt, wonderfully round and yet not too smoothly licked
    • Finish
      Not too long, fruit sweetness predominates, oak only moderately present

  5. HammerHead scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Arran
    • Nose
      The initial rush of rich vanilla sweetness gives way to the fruits of slow distillation – kiwi, banana, cantaloupe melon – with just a dusting of cocoa powder. It is undoubtedly complex and yet the aromas are in complete harmony with the malt.
    • Taste
      A touch of cinnamon adds a spicy edge to the soft and sweet texture which captivates the palate. The classic Arran citrus notes have rounded with age and reveal new depths of character against a background of sweet oak.
    • Finish
      It drifts over the tongue like golden syrup and fades ever so slowly to tempt another sip. This is a beautifully made whisky.

  7. Petrenko scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior


  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 48 points Connoisseur

    My experience of Arran is that IB are better than OB. This whisky is awful, it should not be bottled. Tried this from a recently opened bottle, one of the worst whisky I have tried for some time, utter rubbish.
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      35 35
    • Finish
      40 40

  9. dinclas scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    I've heard that the new bottles are different from those old ones, but not tasted yet.
    Old bottles (around 2016) are very pleasant drams, clear and fresh.
    • Nose
      84 84
      citrus, pear, a bit alcoholic, thin and very fresh feeling
    • Taste
      84 84
      ginger comes first then citrus, sweetie juice, coconuts, spicy but not harsh
    • Finish
      80 80
      medium, mainly fresh fruits, plus some syrup and coconuts, some wood influence

  10. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Simply good bang for the buck. Superior 10 yo @46% abv. in comparison to all the Aberfeldy 12, Glenlivet12 etc. @40% abv.


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