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Arran 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
Batch 6
Number of bottles
52.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 Oct 2016 12:28 pm by DramTimeNL
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 50,39

10 × in wishlist

76 × member ratings

150 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 12-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.38 points

  1. Erwin 1971Y scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Salted Caramel

    This 12 Year Old Cask Strength appeared in 2016 and seems to be the last of its kind. I did not see such a release in 2017 (nor in 2018, but the year is only halfway after all). Looks like this Batch 6 is the final one.

    Lovely mix of white orchard fruit, sultanas, marzipan and Reine Claude plums, with a truckload of vanilla. Some salted caramel. Becomes quite herbal after a few moments. Green garden herbs, a pinch of pepper and something of buttercups. Soft and summery. If I add water, it loses some of its sweetness and brings out more of the green notes.

    The arrival is quite powerful – even a touch alcoholic – and very piquant on white pepper and cinnamon. The fruit returns, joined by a hint of banana and a lot of bitter oranges. The salted caramel returns and becomes dominant. A bit drying. Just a tad too much wood in my opinion, making it somewhat bitter midpalate. Diluted this is easier to bear, but the bitter edge never leaves completely.

    The finish is long and bittersweet, even with water.

    Batch 1 was 40 EUR in 2012. This sixth and final batch is 50 EUR. Still worth it, although I did prefer the first batch.

  3. dramspotter scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Blind Sample. It is very drinkable in a don't expect too much kind of way and an excellent opener for any evening's whisky. The ABV at this age suggests it is not exactly straight from the casks, but this makes it that bit more approachable.
    • Nose
      82 82
      slightly spicy, seems like a refill bourbon hogshead; a little sweaty and tangy
    • Taste
      84 84
      sweet and slightly syrupy with orange tang to follow
    • Finish
      75 75
      short->medium; doesn't stick around much and barring a bit of cloves does not introduce any dryness or undue bitterness

  4. Joe Karacho scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A great malt, slightly more complex than the also very successful 10s, but of course fuller and more powerful by the cask strength, unfortunately does not hold in the finish quite what nose and mouth offer, nevertheless, especially against the background of the called price a great malt, I had not for the last time in the glass
    • Nose
      Sweet, southern fruit, caramel, no alcohol, but something locked
    • Taste
      Very oily and creamy, exotic fruits, mango, papaya and melon, wonderfully sweet and tasty
    • Finish
      Meanang, getting drier, but the sweetness of caramelized fruits still dominates

  5. Alois scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    For me a stronger but not better Arran 10
    • Nose
      Fresh Apple and exotic. Some bitter
    • Taste
      Strong taste. Only Apple.
    • Finish
      Exotic. Strong

  6. larswehmeier scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet caramel. Exotic fruitiness, perhaps mango most likely. Some oak and malt. Less fresh / maritime than the younger Arrans. Fuller and more mature.
    • Taste
      Pleasantly powerful alcohol. Creamy texture. Strong malt. Aromatic oak. Spicy honey.
    • Finish
      Medium long and sweetish mild.

  7. OnkelBiff scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

  8. MVDW scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    A lot of citrus fruit in the nose, some (sweet) vanilla tones subtly continue. The alcohol odor is also present therefore a tad sharp in the nose.
    Wrange early taste, a lot of citrus fruit turns into a stimulating mouthfeel with a little peppery aftertaste. Pretty dry finish with some sweet (honey) tones. He ends up nicer than he starts.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. fileosoph scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. pelle86 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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


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