Arran The Illicit Stills

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Smugglers' Series Vol. 1 - Limited Release
Number of bottles
56.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 16 09 15
Added on
12 Sep 2015 11:21 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 612.17

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290 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Arran The Illicit Stills

53 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.21 points

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A great composed whisky.
    • Nose
      soft peat, beautiful oak, smells old, solid, matured, some wax, almonds, marzipan, lamp oil, some soft herbs, little fruit, maybe some bergamot and fresh hay
    • Taste
      Strong in the mouth, slightly sweetish, some leather, but above all wood, citrus and yet clearer peat notes, towards the end the oak is quite tart, aka, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      slight sulfur, suddenly fruity, sweetish, oak, mint.

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    For me unfortunately disappointing and inconsequential - a hype whisky that lives only from its exterior - a great pity
    • Nose
      Very alcoholic - despite extensive ventilation, it opens only very reluctantly - then clove, slightly maritime, subtle smoke, grapefruit sweetened with a little honey - all flavors very restrained - even the addition of water largely evaporated
    • Taste
      Apple, unripe fruits such as apricot and honeydew melon, alcohol-dominant
    • Finish
      short and alcoholic

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  4. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Plum too much crushed. Vanilla, a lot of lightness. Fruits. A hint of peat? In the mouth, what sweetness! Perfect integration of alcohol! Velvety! Beautiful fruits until the final! Sparkling spices. Very nice whisky!

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  5. DrunkenHearted did not rate this whisky Expert Junior


    Arran ‘The Illicit Stills’ (56.4%, OB, Smugglers’ Series, 8,700 bottles, 2015) Three stars I guess you’ve seen this bottle and the funny ‘carved’ book it comes with, Sergio-Leone-style. Indeed, viva spaghetti westerns!, but isn’t it amazing that they have to do all this, however smart and lovely and funny and perfectly executed it is, to sell us NAS whisky? Because indeed, I don’t seem to find any mentions of an age or of a vintage. So if it's not age-driven, maybe is it flavour-dirven (as they no say) - or is it only packaging-driven? Colour: gold. Nose: can you smoke fresh butter? Starts rather rounded, and, indeed, buttery (not butyric), but it tends to become smokier and smokier, with echoes of young modern Ardbeg. Hessian, perhaps, autumn leaves, a touch of antiseptic… With water: damp hessian, clean mud, porridge, smoke, plasticine. A lot of plasticine. Mouth (neat): a clean, ashy, pretty Islay-style dram, only a notch sweeter, but not quite in the Ardmore or peated-Benriach-style, although I do find peaches in syrup. Is that clear? With water: good sweet peat. Smoked tinned pears – or tinned smoked pears. Yes I know that doesn’t exist. Finish: medium, a tad more citrusy. Comments: I find this style a notch… say hesitant. Not quite a peater, and yet there’s some fairly loud peat, but it’s also got this sweet fruity profile, and yet… Ah another one that lost me. But very good it is. SGP:544 - 82 points.
    I was expecting a little more from that one, so… 

  6. Jackson05 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Was given blind. My guess was a pbs Springbank (a compliment!)

    It’s like a mixture of Ben Nevis 10, and big peat. Or something like that. Very youthful, which is fine, but the complexity only goes so far. Apples, flinty and mineral, chalk, lemons, capers, briney, tart, lime pith, wort. I like this style but to a point. Very clean and accessible spirit, but also youthful and underdeveloped. I like it, but this style can be had for under $100.

  7. markkuyper scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. hans1971 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      78 78
      smoke, vanilla, malt
    • Finish
      76 76
      smoke, vanilla, malt, oak

  10. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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


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