- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Private Cask
- Stated Age
- 10 years old
- Sherry Hogshead
- Number of bottles
- 49.5 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- International Whisky Festival Gent 2015 by Whisky Unlimited
- Added on
- 09 Nov 2014 4:03 pm by Cipidos
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15 × member ratings
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Whisky Reviews for Arran 2004
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.69 points
- Bought this one on the Festival in my home town Ghent. The label says distilled in 2014 and bottled in 2014 ... for a spirit of les then one year really good ... nope just a good old 10y old with a guy that fucked up the label ????
I'm a big Arran fan and this is one of the best 10 year olds i've had so far
The nose starts a little spicy but reveals a lot of different other creamy notes. There is the classical sherry nose of raisins, berries, plums and raspberry jam. A strong note of apples, pears and marzipan. This is a classic Arran nose with an extra layer on top of it
The taste starts very creamy with bananas, plums and again raspberry jam. A strong taste of brown sugar dominates the profile. After a few seconds i've got a more nutty flavour profile that develops into a strong spearmint flavour. Quite surprising actually.
The fiish is long and creamy with a dominant spearmint-profile combined with red fruits jam and walnuts.
- Good value at the original price.
A hint of sulphur, then toffee, soy sauce, white sugar, apples and pears. Quite a 'dirty' layer on top of the regular Arran candy floss sweetness.
Slightly earthy with mushrooms, hazelnuts, nougat. Then regular notes of toffee, dried prunes, figs and dates arise. A strong sherry cask influence.
Rather short, mild, on wood and spices with a hint of sulphur returning.
- A lovely and
interesting, if no so much a great, single cask Arran. It was available in
Ghent for only 59 EUR. I grabbed me a bottle. Thanks, Wim, for the sample, thus
enabling me to keep my bottle closed a little while longer.
It is a fairly sweet,
dark nose. The first thing that comes to mind is brown sugar. Banana in the
pan. Some apples and nuts. Something of Rum Agricole. Rich and creamy, but I am
not yet blown away.
It is silky soft on
the palate. Sweet from dark fruit and other classic sherry influences. Mildly
spicy, which I quite like. Think cloves and nutmeg, but also quite some pepper.
Marzipan, oranges, nuts. Becomes slightly bitter and even shows a salty edge. The
oak does not avoid the fray.
The finish is fairly
long, certainly for a malt of such young age. It remains fruity and spicy until
- Color: Beautiful amber with an orange hue
Nose: Sherry ofcourse, this is probably a first fill cask, oranges, plums, raisins. There are some fresh notes in there as well. Some brine and mint, hints of vanilla. The alcohol stings a bit but nothing too distracting. There are some green herbs as well, like parsley. With some time there's orange marmelade and esthers.
Palate: very oily mouthfeel, raisins, dry plums. Mushrooms, dark chocolate. There appears to be some sulphur.
Finish: A long lingering taste of black pepper and chocolate, with some added orange for good measure.
I think it's an intriguing dram. It shows a fair bit of complexity at it's relatively young age. Belgian retailer Delhaize have recently bottled one of it's sister casks, distilled on the same day, I'm curious to see what the added 5% ABV does to this!
- Distillation date is wrong on the label!
20/09/14 instead of 20/09/2004