Arran 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
Batch 5
Number of bottles
52.9 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
18 Jun 2015 3:29 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 52,47

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 12-year-old

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.64 points

  1. schengel10 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    The Arran Cask Strength, a successful, interesting Malt!
    [Color] white wine;
    • Nose
      fresh citrus fruits, alcohol, seasoning (oak);
    • Taste
      diluted: strong fruity onset, clear sherry, tangerines, oranges, caramel, oak, ginger, slightly oily, sweet, complex;
    • Finish
      long warm finish; spicy, dry fading;

  2. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      mint, acid, glue, wet straw, green apple
    • Taste
      honey, pepper, vanilla, sour, wood, cardamom, volatile

  3. rolabob scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Fruity, zingy, citrus-y, oily, salty, with deep, fragrant wood notes. Beautiful. Amazing value for money.

  5. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Due to the high alcohol content not as accessible as the 10-year-old, but more intense
    • Nose
      extremely fruity, bright fruits, fresh fruit: melon (Arran typical?), green apple, banana, pear, pickled peach, light honey, orange, kumquat, a little salt, vanilla pudding - alcohol is very present, some water dissolves the flavors better
    • Taste
      subtle oiliness, sparkling alcohol, citrus blend (bitter sweet freshness), ginger, pleasant wood, a little spice - again very on the fruity-dry side.
    • Finish
      dry and medium long.

  6. tomfa scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    As a summer painting well suited. Works better with water. 21/22/19/21 = 83
    • Nose
      Citrus scents, floral, orange, some bitter almond (marzipan), malt - a light fresh nose.
    • Taste
      Very soft mouthfeel. The smell is accompanied by an immense sweetness, which initially turns into peppery (white pepper), in order to become very dry and noticeably corky.
    • Finish
      Peppery, slightly bitter, astringent on the finish; the dryness keeps, so the finish rather long (without resulting in an excessive enjoyment).

  7. Defeatless scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Neat: citrus, honey, marzipan, freshly cutted wood. All signs of a young whisky, although this is 12yo. A little buttery in the background.
    With water: There is more a dark and dirty side to it. More farm notes. The young roughness seems to be gone.

    Neat: Creamy quickly followed by some honey, again marzipan and some sweet limes.
    With water: Sweet, but a bit dirty. then some sour notes, the tastes when neat are there but really more on the background.

    Body: Full and oily

    Neat: Medium-long length. A little tannic, quite some wood influence, but it is a bit of a duffer. Although later on in the background there is again the freshly cut wood and the marzipan.
    With water: Medium length. There are more tannins but doesn't change much.

    Quite fair, given the quality

    Don't know this was a sample
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. valery77 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Andytka3 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    N- Slow starter, masked by spiky active wood and strength for quite a while before the layer of saline and spicy malt starts to emerged, honeydew and tropical fruits fragrant, mellow demerara sugar with bitter oily honey butterscotch. Plenty of quality but stiffly structured.P- Better interpretation as the liquid softened on palate, peels, grapefruits, earthy mixed spices and aggressively spicy.  Strength overdrive without notable substance make it appeared rather spirit-y.F- Medium-long, creamy smokes, buttery, heavy with good spicy kick and peppery warm.  Decent, no surprise, not bad either.— at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. malthead-sven scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    despite "only" 52.9%, especially in the taste quite intense, he starts convincing, although then he drops slightly here is price / performance
    • Nose
      solid cloudy honey and alcohol first, old floury apple from the cellar, rubble, a bit of lime, water brings nothing more sweetness (coconut oil, bounty, Toffifee) no more change
    • Taste
      Herbal toothpaste, very sparkling, sweetness comes through weakly, mint, then thinned significantly smoother
    • Finish
      Tart woodruff, quite strong, basil, leaves prickling cheeks and remains medium in the neck back


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