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Arran 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.53/100
votes
264
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
Barcode
5060044482854
Added on
21 Feb 2015 1:29 pm by z-imaging
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 112.84

33 × in wishlist

264 × member ratings

759 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 18-year-old

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.53 points

  1. tangtang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    very complex, round and balanced, wonderful malt, superbly coordinated flavors. I like it better than the 2016 18-year-old
    • Nose
      Nutty, fruity, slightly sweet with caramel and vanilla, then comes spicy oak with a little sherry, almonds and, very slightly, honey
    • Taste
      Sherry, spicy oak, a bit sweet and fruity, then comes caramel, ginger and a bit hotter
    • Finish
      Sherry and fruits, sweet, spicy oak, nutty, mostly hazelnuts and almonds. Long and warm

  2. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    He is OK, but does not tear me off the stool. Which is relatively to see: This is already a delicious 18er, but from the conclusion of the limited 16-17-18 model trilogy for a sporty 90 € I would have expected more.
    • Nose
      Touch of fresh red raspberries and cherries, then honey, nut, roasted aromas, some spicy oak
    • Taste
      sweet and slightly spicy, toffee, nougat, butter crumble, latte, light ginger and cinnamon
    • Finish
      long, dry, slightly bitter (cocoa, coffee), slightly hot

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very well crafted whisky. Not your typical sherried whisky. Light and subtle, and very clean.
    • Nose
      Matured in ex-sherry casks, I'm guessing most of 'em have been refill and/or American white oak. Fairly intense vanilla and a sugary sweetness, with golden syrup and custard as well. Exotic fruits like peaches and mango, but also green apple. Very well balanced and integrated.
    • Taste
       A bit spicy on the arrival, nutmeg maybe. Green apple, apfel strudel and some butterscotch. Light caramel, green tea. Some tannins as well, so slightly dry. Mouthfeel is a bit flat. I like my whisky oily and thick, the opposite of watery. This one is a bit in between.
    • Finish
      Impressively long and drying with a lot of the same flavors returning. Mainly apple and golden syrup, but green tea as well.

  4. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: pleasant malt, with a fruit base, sweet, fresh notes of mint and lime, honey and meadow herbs.
    Taste: pleasant, firm, astringent, with a drop of varnish
    Finish: soft fruity pepper aftertaste.
    The sherry barrel worked well without drowning the character of the malt.

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

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