Arran 1996 The Dark Lord

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Cask
Stated Age
17 years old
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
53.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 Oct 2014 2:59 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 179.95

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85 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 1996 The Dark Lord

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.55 points

  1. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A very lush and engaging dram that certainly can keep me a happy camper for quite some time! The layering on the nose as well as on the palate is great. It's a full-bodied whisky with good complexity but not overdone.

    A very solid dram!

    • Nose
      A rich, intensive, full, well balanced and complex whisky with aroma’s of rich sherry, appel, figs, dates, grass, hay, vanilla, caramel, toffee, coffee, demerara sugar, floral tones (rose peddles?), cherries, plums, apricots, sultanas, Muscat grapes, cocoa, ginger, pepper, allspice, cinnamon, wax, creamy oak, dark honey and beeswax.
    • Taste
      a full, intensive, rich, well balanced and complex whisky with aroma’s of dried fruits (figs, dates, prunes, apricot), lush sherry, honey, peach, leather, wax, coffee, old books, soft sulfur, grass, straw, earthy tones, subtle mineral tones, Sauternes wine, toffee, vanilla, pepper, allspice, clove, cinnamon, stem ginger, bitter caramel, soft tannins and subtle spicy oak.
    • Finish
      A long and rich finish with aroma’s of oak, wax, caramel, biscuits, peach, dried fruits, soft sherry, butter, subtle pepper and christmas cake.

  2. Gregers scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Decent dram, but too sweet for my taste, and missing some complexity to get top rating. Great nose, though!

    Review: https://youtu.be/ptjSz21BKTA
    • Nose
      89 89
      Banana bread, raisins, figs, dates, brown sugar, overripe bananas, a bit of leather and acetone, cherries, vanilla, honey, orange syrup, toffee, fresh apple juice. Very interesting nose and quite enjoyable.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Good alcohol level, but very sweet. Cane sugar, lots of spices, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon. Lime syrup shows up as well. A bit narrow and not very complex. Even sweeter on the second chew, missing something to balance it out. Very light tobacco leaves, but otherwise sugar coated mint leaves, lime syrup, fresh and super sweet. Burnt sugar, very ripe caramelized banana with extra sugar and lime sugar on top. Third chew gets slightly drier, some oak joins in, but there's still sugar all over. Fruit juices, fruit syrup, molasses, light black pepper, and some light bubblegum at the end as well.
    • Finish
      84 84
      A bit dry, but still super sweet at the center. Very light tobacco leaves and dried herbs, not much else lingers except a sugary syrup.

  3. JohnGlen1961 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. Peter87 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful stuff for real. 

    (Rating interval 87-91)
    • Nose
      Wonderful nose with dates, figs and sweet raisins. Sultanas, instant coffee and cocoa is definitely there as well. 
    • Taste
      Full-bodied texture that starts with sweet and sour prunes and raisins and continues with mixed spices, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon with burnt sugar and hints of table salt on the sides of the tongue.
    • Finish
      The finish is dry with christmas cake and the remaining of burnt sugar and table salt from the zip. The finish is hanging around for quite some time actually, some distant oaky pepper notes as well.


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