Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Kirsch Import (KI)
Bottling serie
Simply Good Whisky
Stated Age
18 years old
Number of bottles
53.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 May 2015 4:35 pm by Gonathras
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 84.90

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 1996 KI

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.65 points

  1. L4K scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    this is my absolute favorite whisky. i open one bottle after another and buy bottle after bootle on the market for more and more money but worth it no question

  2. AlexBidi scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. XorLophaX scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    91/100 points - "Complex, very fruity whisky"
    This Arran offers a lot of fruit with different notes of peach and apples.
    Add to that a pleasantly vanilla sweetness and a solid, woody tone.
    Once again a great filling of cherry import for the "Simplay Good Whisky" series.
    Link to the tasting on my blog with photos: http://www.tasting-notes.de/Archive/421
    • Nose
      In the nose directly very fruity of fresh fruit. Green apples, orange peel and some banana.
      Overall, a beautiful fruity-vanilla base, paired with grain, some dry wood and chocolate.
      Very complex, dense and intense.
    • Taste
      Very sweet with a clear alcohol note.
      The sweet basic note comes from honey paired with some wood, lots of local fruits, peach and cereals.
      Later, spices such as pepper and salt are added. In the background are nutty flavors paired with leather.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy finish with fruit (peach and apples) and lots of wood.
      Tasty, complex and interesting.

  4. Dramlicious scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior


    Sweet with a slightly alcoholic, yet not necessarily unpleasant, note. A big, fat honeydew melon together with red apples, oranges and grapes. Lemon cake, spicy vanilla and cacao powder. Some dusty oak and sawdust in the back.


    More sweetness. Starts with a strong honey note, which gets pushed away by pepper, ginger and vanilla fairly quickly. Following this, sugared lime juice, cola fizz lollies and a bit of chocolate emerge. No indications of the cask strength though.


    Long with a lot of oak. Walnuts. A whiff of pepper and dried fruits.


    Fantastic in the nose and really diverse on the palate. A more than just simply good Arran!


  5. MadScientist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. bennythemonster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Arran 1996-2015, 18 years "Simply Good Whisky by Kirsch", 53.2% alc.
    Bottler: Dieter Kirsch (Kirsch Whisky)
    Expansion: "Hogshead" no. 1023
    Region: Isle of Arran, Scotland

    Nose: Typical Arran, a fruit cocktail with a strong onset. Apples, oranges, nectarines and honeydew melon. Behind it the smell of an old mill: wood, dust and different kinds of grain. Very little milk chocolate, pipe tobacco and a mild spice mix away.

    Palate: Very sweet, with a strong edge of honey. In it, the fruits are immediately found again, quickly change the flavors. A strong spicy note comes up, pepper and cinnamon, then leather and oak, again tobacco. It followed by bittersweet chocolate and a very delicate hint of peanut.

    Finish: Long and with emphasis on wood. Oak, pepper and cedar wood, some fruit (grapes and dried apricots).

    Conclusion: Arran is now coming to an age when the bottlings really inspire. Here again a very nice barrel!

    88/100 points (tasted 2015, approx. 80-90 €)

    Thanks to the bottler for the rehearsal and Daniel Freichel for the photo!
    Post in the blog: http://notesofmalt.de/notes-Islay-und-In...o,-53,2-Kirsch/
    More Arrans: http://notesofmalt.de/notes-Islay-und-Islands/Arran/


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