Arran 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Ex-Sherry & Ex-Bourbon Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L16 02 16
Added on
08 Mar 2016 10:10 am by mcfloster

Average value

€ 94.21

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 18-year-old

79 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.92 points

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Delicious, tasty, liked to drink. For 90 ¬ I found it but totally overpriced, with meanwhile 70-75, he comes slowly in fair areas, but for ~ 50 ¬ I get similar attractive tasty-drinkable whisky whisky (also similar age), because I would not resort to this. And somehow I have the feeling that Arran is not necessarily made for aging, as it is more arbitrary, is absorbed in the mass of Speysider.
    • Nose
      Grainy-sweet, crumble cake, vanilla, a little sweet applesauce .... after a while a touch of wine gum and aromatic-dry cedar wood
    • Taste
      Chocolate, brown sugar (a bit burned on), a bit of heat ... and while chewing, I always have "bouts" of wine gum in between
    • Finish
      medium to long, gentle, warm spiciness, dark chocolate, coffee, a hint of wine gum

  2. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Highly recommended from Ralfy  ...  90 points https://youtu.be/ey3ppYqXDac—————————————————————

    Best of islands 2018


  3. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] A quick review of a sample...

    ...of a Traditional Scotch style dram with a fine nose, an average taste but a rather bitter ending. Nevertheless, it is easy drinkable.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a fine old stylish Traditional Scotch profile with a balanced mix of distillate- and wood-driven aromas. There are fruity, bready (sourdough), spicy, toffee and chalky-mineral aromas without any off-note. Really nice to sniff for a standard range 18-years old...
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is spicy-sweet with lots of peppers, chili, vanilla and toffee-marzipan flavours. The fruits and barley sugars are more shy here but they grow stronger upon chewing - as does the sourdough flavour. Water releases more grassy-floral notes both in the nose and taste but I like the neat dram better, to be honest.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The dram arrives warming and a little coating on the palate with a minor bitter-drying feeling (cold metals). The finish is long and adds more bitter herbal-grassy flavours that provide a rather drying-astringent ending. Actually, this is not balanced anymore and you really have to like such bitter notes to enjoy the finish.

  4. Pollenflug scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      The Arran begins with a beautiful interplay of sweet fruits and roasted cereal notes. The alcohol (46%) is well integrated and hardly noticeable. Light and red fruits form the sweet foundation: apricots, juicy oranges, melons, red apples, raspberries and grapes are present. Floral notes, plenty of vanilla, honey and beautiful oak aromas give the nose a nice draft. The different aromas of bourbon and sherry barrels mix together to create a harmonious composition.
    • Taste
      Slightly oily and powerful, the adult Arran occurs: Sweet-sour fruit notes are provided with an additional Pfeffrigkeit on the tip of the tongue. The sherry notes I take in the taste a little more intense: blood oranges, peaches, cherries and raspberries mingle with light fruits, honey, roasted aromas, marzipan and strong caramel and milk chocolate notes. The oak notes are spicy in the end and already leave a delicate bitterness on the palate. A slight feeling of sharpness occurs, which bothers me a little. Maybe it's the infamous form of the day? Adding a few drops of water makes the malt more balanced and harmonious.
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet-spicy and warm. With a delicate pinch of pepper on the sparkling tongue tip, the finish starts. The vanilla sweetness and bright fruits as well as sherry notes gradually fade. Cereals, honey, milk chocolate, roasted aromas and spicy notes of the oak finish the Arran. The palate now has a subtle bitterness and a gentle dryness.

  5. Dottore scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful Arran to reasonable PLV. The 46% do it well, less would be bland. The nose is the highlight. 86 points
    • Nose
      The classic Arrannase that I like so much: sweet, by no means fermented sherry, juicy oranges, fruity beer, honey and butter. Blossoming alpine meadows in early summer.
    • Taste
      Sweet milk chocolate at the beginning, subtle fruit acidity. Peaches. Creamy mouthfeel. Vanilla. Slowly get bitter. Subtle wood spice
    • Finish
      Sweet, then slowly bitter. Overall, rather reserved, in the mouth it remains slightly dry with a little spicy-sour ginger.

  6. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I would say: An 18 year old whisky with these key data for a price of 65 € is always worth a try. Today I know: Fortunately I bought a bottle of it, because today it is a house whisky. PLV is perfect.
    • Nose
      That's how a nose has to be. Full program from Helene apples to herbal honey, everything included. A buttery vanilla mixed with marzipan. Jam with fruit schnapps tipped into the beer. Class !
    • Taste
      A vanilla feast with lots of fruit and earthy salty mineral notes. It's fun on the palate. There is joy. Far away from the nose, there are now somewhat bitter notes that are very pleasantly embedded. Small body, great taste.
    • Finish
      Medium to long he goes there with the ever-bitter oak. But still has enough citrus fruits and apples in the basket in her luggage. Refilling is the order of the day.

  7. Koning scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted this old version of the 18 years old alongside with the new version (wb id 143180). This one is lighter in colour and definitely less sherried. Not a bad thing, since it allows the bright Arran citrus fruits to shine. It's a fine dram, but its dry and tart spicy side is not entirely to my liking.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A warm spicy glow (cinnamon, ginger), followed by baked apples, oranges, vanilla, butter, hazelnut and green tea.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Starts on citrus fruits and white grapes, vanilla yogurt and a mineral/briny note. Oak spices develop and it unfortunately turns a bit tart.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The dry spices (dried oregano?) continue on the finish but are somewhat neutralised by juicy citrus fruits and lemon curd. It's a biy mineral and briny again, and at times it's a bit soapy (coriander) with a hint of smoke and sulfer.

  8. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice balance of sweet and sour fruitiness and tingling spiciness. With the key data (no cold filtration, no dye, good alcohol strength) and the price a great standard. Only the marginal (but still pleasant) bitterness in the finish prevents even higher rating.
    • Nose
      88 88
      fresh and fruity; Fruit basket; Citrus fruits; oranges; apples; Vanilla; delicate herbal notes; subtle Sherryote; light oak spice in the background
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet and spicy; Fruit tends towards sweet and sour (citrus, blood orange, grapefruit); tingling spice (pepper, ginger); chocolate notes; behind a pleasant tart oak
    • Finish
      86 86
      sweet and sour spicy; citrus; Grapefruit; keeps pleasantly tingling-hot on the palate (pepper, ginger); bitter-bitter oak

  9. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Great, intense, very good Arran!
    [Color] honey;
    • Nose
      Bourbon flavors (vanilla, caramel), spices, ripe apples, oak;
    • Taste
      aromatic powerful onset, oily, fruity, peach, orange, cinnamon, spices, pepper, oak, caramel, honey, vanilla, complex;
    • Finish
      medium length, fruity, slightly spicy; in the end orange and (bitter) oak;

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Really good eighteen-year-old and a nice culmination point (at least until recently, when the new 21 was introduced) for the Arran core range. Fresh and mature at the same time, with just the right amount of oak at the death. The only thing that keeps me from scoring it higher is the unsubtle, rubbery taste of the "modern" and less-than-glorious sherry casks that have been involved here.


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