Arran The Sauternes Cask Finish

Overall rating
82.91/100
votes
174
Whiskybase ID
WB63987
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Finishes
Bottled
2014
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060044481949
Added on
03 feb 2015 11:32 am by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 136.64

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174 × member ratings

300 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Arran The Sauternes Cask Finish

22 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.91 points.

  1. FrankSen scored this whisky 81 points Newbie

    The whisky opens up with a little water and loses some of the sharpness, which I find a bit too strong as it overpowers the other flavor components. The Amarone Cask finish was more to my liking.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Slightly overpowered by the alcohol at first, it opens up after some time and reveals light grapes, citrus and malt.
    • Taste
      80 80
      The sharpness of the nose is also initially reflected in the mouth. When the spiciness subsides, light fruits (pears?) and spice appear.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Sharpness remains until the end, accompanied by bitterness (like tannins), marzipan, some salt

  2. KB201 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Stored in an ex-bourbon cask, this Arran single malt was allowed to rest in a Sauternes sweet wine cask, which gives it its golden color and wonderfully sweet taste.
    Amarone Finish, Port Finish and Sauternes Finish are now part of the so-called core range.

  3. Teomarg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  4. r0back55 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nose: apples, honey, almonds.

    Taste: wood tones, harsh, sweet, honey

    Finish: not too long, sweet

  5. SRB scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  6. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasty, strong, inexpensive (40-45 €), not too complex, not too tasty - fits.
    • Nose
      50% fresh-fruity, towards pear / melon, possibly white grapes, slightly acid, you could also imagine salt, the other half is cereals, malt, crisp-spicy
    • Taste
      strong, rather spicy-sweet, toffee, nougat, oak, a little bit of piquancy ... here and there a little pear / melon flashes, so on the edge, while breathing
    • Finish
      Chocolate, cocoa, oak, a little bit of sharpness

  7. schengel10 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    A young, vigorous neat NAS Arran;
    [Color] dark gold;
    • Nose
      fruity (grapes, melons), sweet marzipan note, malt;
    • Taste
      diluted: strong, malty onset, alcoholic top, distinct sweetness, honey, vanilla, wood, young, one-dimensional;
    • Finish
      medium length finish, sweet finish (caramel?);

  8. gooos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    BOL tasting # 20, sample A

    Blind tasting focused on wine finishes.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Summer fruit, so more yellowish fruit like peach, nectarines, mango, has something tropical in it. Also some apple tones because of a bit of acid, apple cider? Furthermore hint of warm cake with raisins.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Full buttery, soft, fruity, again summer fruit, and tropical, vanilla, some wood tones, hintje appelcider (tintelent appelzuurtje), honey, creamy, hint white pepper.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Creamy, sweet, honey, fruity, spicy, nice pepper kicker, subtle wood tones, nice fresh acidity as you get with dry white wine but then sweeter.

  9. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    On the nose, malt and botrytised fruits, with a little sweetness. It's the whisky that uses Sauternes casks that comes closest to the eponymous wine. In the mouth, sweet, warm, full, fruity with a lot of presence, but also unfortunately alcoholic notes a little too supported. FInal on honey (which is not so common). With water, the nose gains in delicacy. I now perceive fresh fruit in the mouth. The texture does not dilute with water, it remains syrupy, almost chewy. On the other hand, the alcohol remained too. Enthusiasm 3/5

  10. Wiz scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      78 78

  11. schafi1980 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Delicious whisky, full-bodied, fat, sweet, nutty, spicy, is worth its 40-45 € all. However, if you associate the wrong label with "Sauternes" or you fall for the beautiful green label and want white wine, fresh and fruity, light, maybe even sour and would like to extend its shelf to this direction, this is out of place.
    • Nose
      sweet fruit is there, but rather less than the standard 10's (which I have next door in the glass), some pear and melon, almost fresh, but a little more spice, wood, cinnamon, marzipan, roasted nuts
    • Taste
      Fruit ... fruit ... I can not find any more here, but nut nougat cream, milk chocolate, dark honey, turning into wood and spicy sharpness, walnut, strong and full-bodied
    • Finish
      long and intense, dark chocolate to cocoa, pepper

  13. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  14. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind
    • Nose
      Full, sweet and fruity of ripe garden fruits, such as apple and pear. Velvety wood and lightly spiced.
    • Taste
      Powerful acidity and power in a light body. Pineapple, sweet and sour at the same time. Tingles nicely on the tongue, which is very interesting in combination with spicy wood notes.
    • Finish
      Medium length - sweet fruits with chillirand and pleasant, slightly spicy, wood.

  15. Achany scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    the Sauternes cask influence is quite all right. the added sweetness, the fruits and berries, together with a good ABV, some fine spices, malty, grassy but only a little. fine dram for good Money!
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. domani scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    So far, the best sauternfinish I could try - 03.12.2016
    • Nose
      Very fruity, citrus, pear, melon, with water, it opens up increasingly and presents warm aromas of nuts and toasted almonds, pistachios, licorice
    • Taste
      Sweetness is spreading, getting drier, very nutty, nut chocolate, alcohol is present and carries the whisky, oily, spicy, bitterness, walnuts
    • Finish
      Lang

  17. Agrajag scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  18. MadScientist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I've been drinking much worse whisky for a lot more money. He is really good for the price. A sweetish flavor. Of course, he must be a little sweet when he was in the Souternnes barrel. It does not have to be Chateau d'Yquem right away. We drink it by the way, right? Hehe. Otherwise, he simply tastes like a non-smoky whisky. Whisky should taste like whisky and not ashtray. After many fuselages a good one from Arran. On Neudeutsch: Hey man, you nothing vil coal because nöi schpoiler on black bmw, the crass you can buy for drinking well drunk dise. Can scratch your head, scratch your bag, ask why good. Do not know, but well crass. Kollega no schpoiler and no wisgki has, only girlfriend vil fat. You better, man. Krass cleverly buy this, make it as slim as wood, brew tsufil, make hospital.

  20. cadillac scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Fruity, citrus fruits, peaches, with a light sweetness and the sharpness required to be interesting.
    Long pleasant, slightly dry finish.
    very nicely done.
    For the price a great bargain!

  21. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    There are several other sauternes cask finished whiskies which I would prefer instead of this Arran dram.

  22. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Good price performance ratio.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  23. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Sauternes cask finished NAS whisky.
    • Nose
      Sweetness, spices, vanilla. Too much of all flavours, almost like perfumed.
    • Taste
      Honey, sugar, spices, oak.
    • Finish
      Warming, short and dry.

  24. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: honey, floral, citrus, apricot, banana
    Taste: sweet but spicy, citrus, becomes dry and spicy
    Finish: long, warming, oak, later pear

  25. ApricotOne scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  26. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Colour:

    Light gold

    Smell:

    A fresh, sweet, fruity and seductive whisky with aroma’s of muscadine, rich acacia honey, hint of mocha, fruit cake, caramel, earthy tones, toffee, pear, icing sugar, malt, cereals, white pepper, caster sugar, sultanas, apricots, bananas, floral tones, grape skins and a hint of almonds.

    Taste:

    A sweet, powerful, rich and balanced whisky with aroma’s of oak, rich honey, soft bitter tannins, sultanes, nectarines, cedar wood, lemon zest, pear, peach, pepper, hint of cardamom, red apples, white chocolate, coffee with cream, creamy vanilla, soft spices and a hint of salt (very subtle).

    Finish:

    A long, rich and slightly drying finish with aroma’s of fresh fruit, sultanas, orange peel, tannins, Sauternes, soft mocha, spices and oak.

    Conclusion:

    Ahh, I’m a sucker for a good Sauternes cask matured whisky. This one is quite restrained in the Sauternes cask influences but it’s just enough to bring those rich sweet flavours across. For my taste it’s barely enough and I could use some more fruity complexity. But overall it’s a nice drinking experience with enough complexity to keep me occupied for some time.

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-345-arran-sauternes-cask-finish/

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