Arran 1997 - The Ambassador's Dram

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
18 years old
Oloroso Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
51.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Whisky Shop - Zammel, Antwerpen
Added on
17 Oct 2015 9:41 am by JimmyJones
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 107,00

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22 × member ratings

47 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 1997 - The Ambassador's Dram

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.80 points

  1. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. Defeatless scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Fruity, very fruity for an 18yo. Pear, pineapple and more which I cannot decipher. There is also a yeasty note in there. Pretty much nothing of the Oloroso cask though.

    Taste: Green herbs, freshly cut bushes, again a lot of fruity notes. Hint of red fruit.

    Body: That's good, full and oily.

    Finish: medium - long. Again quite some fruity notes, like canned fruit and it's juice. None of the cask influence.

    Price: €107,- is a bit steep for this.

    Presentation: Don't know this was a sample.

    Comments: A rather well made whisky, but it is too much spirit driven for me. I think this was a rather death cask.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. St. Pauli scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Reminds me a little of the Old Puteney 17, yet a little more astringent (and on cask strength). 
    • Nose
      This one has quite some distillery character, despite having aged for more than 18 years. Pears and apples are all over the place. Later, the fruitiness even evolves to melon and pineapple. Then, there is fresh mint and a sea breeze. So far not so much sherry influence. The only sherry related smell is that of walnut and almond. 
    • Taste
      Fresh and juicy, yet with a kick of spices. Orange juice, apple juice, coconut, followed by loads of white pepper and crystallized ginger. The sherry influence is a bit bigger, with some dried fruit and remote nuttiness, but still it doesn't take a central position.
    • Finish
      Fruity and fresh in the start, developing in bitter herbal liqueur with a lot of spices (clove, pepper). 

  4. Korre scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Blind tasting on 22/09. Winner of the evening!

  5. Banshieee scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      94 94

  6. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. scotpeat scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Bishlouk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Not especially complex, this Arran is above all a very nice whisky to sip for fun, with friends or in front of a good movie for example, without getting your head.
    • Nose
      Candied red fruit, raisins, sweet spices. But also a very light chocolate smoke and yellow apple. The Sherry is not overwhelming.
    • Taste
      Sweet and greedy from the start. Apple, raisin. Some candied red fruits and vanilla caramel. A fairly conventional mouth, but very pleasant.
    • Finish
      Average. The alcohol is a little more present, with a small kick in the throat. The spices are more insistent too and tingle the tongue. Apple peel, but absolutely not bitter, then comes to bask on the tongue.


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