Arran 2011 DR

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Individual Cask Bottling
Stated Age
05 years old
PX Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
58.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
25 may 2016 4:09 pm by Nelltec
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 129.00

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Whisky reviews for Arran 2011 DR

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.53 points.

  1. fasstaerke scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    WOW. What a board. What is possible in 5 years of barrel aging! Certainly by far the best around 5 years I've ever had. After 5 years there isn't much left of the Arran, incredibly sweet, a real PX sherry bomb that really deserves the name. I hope that you will get more of this barrel in the future, older second fill or something. Climbs over 90 for me.

  2. Dottore scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Great barrel, surely one of the best young whisky under 10 years of age that I have been able to enjoy lately. Creamy milk chocolate on the nose, a good load of ripe plums, oranges and raisins. Brandy notes, almost reminiscent of old Armagnacs and that with only 5 years of maturation. Leather. Vanilla, honey and caramel.
    • Taste
      89 89
      At first you notice the 58.5% in the mouth. Concentrated aroma concentration. Sweet and sour blackberries. Walnut and honey. Christmas spices, speculoos.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Leathery but overall very balanced show the flavors in the finish and, as I said, actually surprisingly ripe. For then 65 € ne absolute grenade. 89+ points

  3. robain scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    So i hear this is not a typical Arran. - Im not a typical Arran drinker either and dont really know its characteristics. Im more into Glenrothes, Linkwood, Glen Ord, Ardmore etc. Here is my humble review on this amazing sherried Arran.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dirty sherry tones, cotton candy, sweet full caramels. This is insanely sherried. Wow.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Dry mouthfeel at first, heavy full bodied sherry, dried fruits, sugar sweet, very oily and super intense sherry. Some fudge in the background.

      Just wow. You dont need more than 5 years on the cask with this kind of impact.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Some oaky notes, alot of sherry, more cotton candy as on the nose, red grapes, dried fruits and some chocolate on the background.

  4. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Of course, there is not much left of the Arran. It has the typical notes of a sherry bomb. So red fruits, chocolate, nuts, etc. And he does that amazingly well. Actually I'm not a fan of such young sherry bombs. But he looks older than he actually is. Blind, I would have estimated him any case a couple of years older. Probably because he got not only sherry but also oak. That just makes it more interesting. Of course I do not know what it cost. But, if they are like that, I also let young sherry bombs fall.

  5. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Certainly not a typical Arran, but that was a great barrel!
    • Nose
      A strong mixture of raisins, plums, vanilla, spruce needles and a light maritime touch, chocolate cream, orange chocolate, the Arran-ginger fights partially through
    • Taste
      Sweet and chocolaty approach, again lots of plums and raisins, liquid chocolate cream, slightly sourish oak, some licorice, lots of heat in the mouth, very creamy with a slight peppery edge
    • Finish
      The heat dominates first, then spread mainly the sweetness and the spice of the oak, the raisin sweetness is very long on the palate

  6. German_Socrates scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant malt
    • Nose
      Dark sherry, chocolate, nuts, orange, nice sweet, leather, oak
    • Taste
      Sherry, raisins, pleasant sweetness, nuts, leather, citrus fruits, oak,
    • Finish
      Relatively long, leather and oak remain

  8. NamorX68 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    blind tasting
    Great sherry bomb. Persuade nose and taste. Class!!
    • Nose
      heavy, full and sweet, nuts, chocolate, sherry, juicy oranges, dark ripe fruit, grapes, leather, oak.
    • Taste
      creamy, sweet, strong and peppery onset, sherry, oranges, plums, marzipan, chocolate, coffee
    • Finish
      long, spicy, coffee, chocolate

  9. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A great sherry bomb! Intense sherry and slightly tart wood make this blindsample a taste experience. A very tasty drop. If I had to give a tip, I would tap on the Allardice or the Fairy Flag.
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Dark and intense sherry swells out of the glass. Older sherry flavors mingle with date and raisins. A fruity orange aroma comes from the intense nose. Discreet milk chocolate and a touch of fresh leather come to the fore, the alcohol is slowly becoming noticeable.
    • Taste
      Intense sherry and spicy wood aromas immediately dominate the first sip. A pinch of espresso powder tilts over the tongue, older oak tones emit a very pleasant aroma. Again, a touch of leather, then a peppery pungency in the mouth. It tingles and bizzles in the complete palate, tart wood notes play with sweet fruit.
    • Finish
      With the intense sherry notes of taste the finish begins. Chubby warm and never ending, the finish exudes an intense sherry aroma which slowly transforms into bitter wood. A bitter walnut aroma ends the wonderful finish.

  10. malthead-sven scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tip: fine matured sherry malt

    - Speyside
    - 49 to 53%
    - 17 to 20 years
    - 90 points
    • Nose
      Nutella, hazelnuts, sugar beet syrup, squeezed oranges, a little bath salts, then again ripe fruit, milk coffee, diluted with water, spicy pastries, cinnamon rolls
    • Taste
      very fine, directly sticky sweet, marzipan, gingerbread, dry and mouthwash
    • Finish
      long and spicy, some coffee, then some liquorice and leather

  11. captain_k scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very complex - almost too sweet.

  12. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The type of maturation has deeply influenced this single malt from the
    Isle of Arran. A full-bodied, elegant and rich dram with a classic and
    delicate sherry-derived flavour profile. Although only five years old,
    this dram shows a constantly evolving balance of richness and
    fruitiness. Another big hit for the sherry aficionados.
    • Nose
      Liquorice and toffee on the nose. Raisins and brown sugar, complemented
      by tobacco leaves and dark chocolate. The alcohol is very present, but
      not pungent at all. With time, lingering notes of plum jam emerge,
      followed by ginger and dates in the back. No doubt, this is from a PX
    • Taste
      Hints of citrus at first, changing immediately to dark fruits, cherries,
      dates and raisins. Bold, rich and intense on the palate. Sherry, red
      berries and lots of plum jam with hints of dark chocolate towards the
    • Finish
      The finish is long with bold sherry flavours. Sticky fruit jam, plums
      and raisins, with expresso notes, lightly spicy oak and a subtle
      nuttiness on the tail.

      WITH WATER: Water tames the alcoholic bite
      bringing luscious dark fruits to the fore. Hints of lemon and toffee in
      the back. Very fruity on the palate with luscious plums and cherries.
      Creamy, sweet and rich. The finish is still long and sweet with plum
      jam. Becomes a bit dry with espresso and subtle bitter walnuts on the

  13. Harzermaltine did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Color: the color is really a beautiful mahogany. Nose: immediately after pouring a lot of alcohol. So take your time. And then they come, the classic pronounced PX notes. A wonderful sweet, this time plum jam. In addition directly chocolate, dark, strong chocolate. And green pepper. And then a slight oak note and something leathery. A first sip. There stands at Palate: unctuous. Translated, that means unctuous. But what does that mean? that there is something in the mouth wide, that you almost rub it? That something goes away? or what? And now, after the first sip, I know it. the mouth is filled - not alcohol. But from the flavors. Chocolate, a lot of raisins, a lot of sweetness with cherries cooked in, plus a woodiness (not yet predominantly, but rather complementary). And yes, I have again my strong dark Swiss cocoa note, the ones I like so much at Kirsch Gateau.
    It remains a very gentle bitterness, but it remains something that you really want to chew. Something that has been lost.


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