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Arran 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.45/100
votes
239
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Pure by nature
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Ex-Sherry Hogsheads
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
5060044482854
Added on
21 Feb 2015 1:56 pm by z-imaging
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 122.74

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 18-year-old

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.45 points

  1. Kaleva scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Quite good whisky, feels much younger than 18 yo. Although it declared as ex-sherry, you can barely feel (and see due to its very pale colour) sherry profile. So probably it was matured in ex-ex-ex-ex…-sherry casks. However, it’s quite balanced, pleasant and easy-going with obvious coastal influence.
    • Nose
      Light, slightly sweet, fruity (pears, green melon), vanilla, buttery and light wooden notes, a bit grassy, hint of barley
    • Taste
      Spicy (peppers, ginger), slightly sweet, oatmeal, some mineral and coastal notes, wet stones, freshly sawn wood
    • Finish
      Dry, warm, spices, raw mushrooms, malty and salty notes

  2. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Interesting whisky, young enough, balancing between the bourbon and wine profile, diverse, light, but full.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, processed dry board, herbs - fresh and dry; grain, light vanilla and citrus notes, wilted grapes, ether, carpentry workshop, eucalyptus, floral shades.
    • Taste
      Saturated, dense, fresh wood, grain, bark, raisins, nuts, grapes, grapefruit crust, ginger.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, sweet and sour, berry sour, jam, a little cocoa and citrus, viburnum.

  3. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  4. KeesV scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  5. maltaholic scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A classic representative of a whisky without flourishes. Very good!
    • Nose
      He smells surprisingly young, not like 18 years, but probably points to the pure character. Grapes, wine, oak, ripe apples.
    • Taste
      But it tastes better than it smells, warm, strong, fruity.
    • Finish
      Pretty long, pleasant finish.

  6. lukeboone scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  7. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Hmmmm, the way the sherry comes forward fits well in my little street, on the other hand the whole thing is pretty subtle. A bit of a shy teenager, not the best arran on sherry, yet not very wrong (better than the 16 imho, but less than the 17)

    (head to head with the 16 and the 17)
    • Nose
      : A bit shy, clear sherry (raisins, sweet)
    • Taste
      Remains somewhat subtle, more sherry like the 17 and the 16, pretty nutty (almond, hazelnut), amontillado sherry like.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, woody, sweet with marzipan

  8. Vexer scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Nice nose, underwhelming taste & finish.

    Didn't do much for me, too aniseed-driven & not as good as the previous 16 yo 
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. hans1971 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Rum, tropical fruits of lychee and longan, with touch of feint sour
    notes. Softly dust with cinnamon and cloves, some vanilla, dash of nuts.
    Much softer and mellow with the extra year of aging, and are gaining
    more charming fruits. Lack the boldness of the much woody 17YO.

    P- Cherry liqueur with doses of peppers. Rounded and sweet.

    F- Long and echoing. Return of caramel and lovely vanilla. Smooth.


    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

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