Overall rating
Single Malt
Anam na h-Alba (ANHA)
Bottling serie
The Soul of Scotland
Stated Age
18 years old
1st Fill Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
55.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Apr 2015 7:40 am by spezi1988
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 85.00

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56 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 1996 ANHA

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.94 points

  1. Micmellon scored this whisky 79 points Member Junior

    the first thing I come across is a surge of sulfur. Not a nice start, but let's see what comes next.
    Then it becomes very reserved and it takes time.
    But gradually the flavors come.
    A spicy blend of herbs and resinous wood now comes. The sherry barrel also greets. There are also bananas and pineapples with cloves. The sweetness is reminiscent of beeswax or strongly of mead. A winter drop!
    With water, cinnamon is added and it becomes rounder.

    The first sip begins sweetly before a stiff salty breeze comes up. Bitter notes come out at the back. It feels creamy and creamy on the tongue. Like.
    It is also malty in the mouth. Such a mixture of toasted bread or rather burnt bee sting. The bitter note reminds me of almonds. Black currants are also there. Sour pineapple is added with a little water.
    Basically, the drop reminds me of a caramel cappuccino sprinkled with cinnamon.
    The whole thing changes with water.
    The caramel becomes stronger and strong dark chocolate comes out at the back. So one of 80% with dried fruit in it.

    dark chocolate also dominates here. It stays in the mouth very well and slowly melts away. A pinch of salt remains there initially.

    The sulfur at the beginning was a bit annoying. Otherwise solid but not exceptional.

  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very round, full of Arran with the typical Arran fruit notes, gives almost nothing to moan.
    • Nose
      Full, sweet, red apple, toffee, fresh anise and licorice, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, peach, pears and some malt
    • Taste
      Great fruit salad, raisins, kiwi, grapefruit, blood orange, honey, vanilla, fudge, tangerine, dark honey, nice, crunchy tannins in between and some chocolate
    • Finish
      Warm, now more tannins, grapefruit, herbal honey, some malt and kiwi, medium long

  3. rottendon scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    No high flyer, bad he is not. Maybe something to behave in the nose and the weak alcohol inclusion disturbs the overall impression.

    Notes from a blind comparison with https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/56821/1996-anha with the color matched with E150a.
    Now that I know that this is the 1st-fill keg, I am quite surprised, because in a direct comparison, the refill keg was actually ahead in every respect, even though both are very similar in principle. Unexpected, but actually a nice result, which incidentally with one exception (who has cheated) all participants of the comparison had.
    • Nose
      Fruity immediately after pouring, yellow punch with mint, overall quite restrained. After some life fresh ripe pears, stronger. Is becoming increasingly rounder, more mature and sweeter, green grapes and peach compote. Alcoholic prickling in the nose. Even later, fermented fall fruit takes over, at least temporarily, to some malt. Warms denser, more intense, otherwise basically the same flavors, slightly more mint.
    • Taste
      First softens, before a substantial load of white pepper is distributed in the mouth. Dark honey and, above all, quite strong, tart oak notes. Something chocolaty. Oily and with slight weaknesses in alcohol inclusion.
    • Finish
      The finish is long warming, the tannins initially govern with much bitter chocolate, only late leaves only delicate sweetness back. Overall, the finish is medium.

  4. Koalafant scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The fruit coctail is not quite my case due to the ease of use but this Arran is not bad at all ... so far the best I had in the glass. => 87/100
    • Nose
      In the nose, a mellow fruit cocktail spreads first. I recognize notes of fresh plums, blackberries and bananas.
    • Taste
      On the palate, an extreme, slightly artificial sweetness that bombards the taste buds with a sporty approach and comes along with a certain sharpness.
    • Finish
      Medium long and burning

  5. MadScientist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Dionysus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. larswehmeier scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    In my view, a very nice whisky, which is more than "just" a sherry bomb. Great complexity and just damn tasty.
    • Nose
      At first surprisingly fresh. But then the typical sherry tones. Dark fruits, ripe and juicy. Deep and full. The chocolate is already announcing.
    • Taste
      Strong start! Surprised at first similar to the nose. The Sherrynoten are fully there, but do not overlap the spicy Arran character but complement him great.
    • Finish
      Long and warm. Lots of chocolate and some nutty spiciness.

  8. Noface83 scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Nose: fresh sweetness and acidity, as with baked apples, fresh malt, a touch of exotic fruits, a light musty touch of wood Taste: sharp onset (even after adding water), malty sweetness, red apples, sour berries, on the finish again malty sweetness and please oak (a hint of chocolate and roasted aromas). The onset is violent the finish medium.
    Intensive fruity whisky with a snappy oak tree - although sherry bombs are still very interesting
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. rottendon scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Very interesting!

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      A basket of bananas and a few grapes, then a little malty malt. To the rear even more malt, a few overripe pears and slightly musty roasted aromas. Warms up a bit more malty, plus herbs and a light cowshed note.
    • Taste
      What a chili catch! Make every Talisker look old. Sweet notes of honey and preserved fruit behind. Develops to dry umami.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the sweet notes remain in the background while the dry Umaminoten in the foreground slowly fade. A slight Nussigkeit remains medium in the mouth.

  10. Licky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88


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