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Arran 12-year-old

Overall rating
83.18/100
votes
115
Whiskybase ID
WB87533
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Bottled
05.2016
Stated Age
12 years old
Casknumber
Batch 6
Number of bottles
13800
Strength
52.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060044482250
Added on
04 oct 2016 12:05 pm by DramTimeNL
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 61.00

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 12-year-old

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.18 points

  1. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Great, independent drop, with a few rough edges - that's how I like it.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The alcohol is hardly noticeable at all, but many maritime, mineral notes, wet pebbles, salty spray etc.
    • Taste
      88 88
      In short: wonderful apple and cinnamon flavor! At the same time, it is fantastically oily and creamy, with that certain something of an island crust that has / makes a lot of pepper under its butt (whatever).
    • Finish
      87 87
      A lot of pineapple typical of the Arrantian region, with light tannins and a sweet, tart honey note that is mouth-watering.

  2. DistiLesha scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Color: light amber
    A vibrant bourbon classic. Reminds me of the good old bourbon aged releases of the early 2000s. In general, he reminded me of those whisky of the past years, when many regular releases of various distilleries in quality were comparable to rare independent bottling.
    It is incredibly easy to drink, despite its decent strength, unless of course you drink it in glasses. Dilution with water gives a scotch mist - that says a lot!
    • Nose
      Fresh
      Fruity floral bourbon, lemon / orange peel, hard candy, tissue paper
      Breathed
      Barley and pearl barley grain motifs, linseed oil, citro lemonade, minerality
    • Taste
      Fresh
      Bright, sweet, juicy, pleasantly tart and bitter, fruity-citrus explosion
      Breathed
      Vanilla and citrus bitterness are added
      With water
      Very bright, juicy fruit, slightly salty
    • Finish
      Fresh
      Oaky citrus, not obtrusive, light bitterness
      Breathed
      Sieve and bread sourness
      With water
      Oak tannins are revealed

  3. Dutchdram scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Very citrussy with notes like lemon, lime zest and limoncello. Some sweetness to add: vanilla, honey and fruity toffees. Spicy notes follow like cinnamon and ginger. At the end notes of oak and a bit of bourbon.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Again citrussy with lemon and limoncello. Sweetness follows. Honey, fruity toffees and salted caramel. Oak and bourbon notes now. At the end great notes of ginger and white pepper.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long to long. Lemon zest lingers on quite long. Side by side with notes like oak, cinnamon and honey.

  4. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. DrunkDude scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The nose is pretty malty....
    • Nose
      79 79
      Malty, ginger, abundant herbs, basil, orange peel oil, salty citrus flavor. 79
    • Taste
      86 86
      Salty lemon sour, honeycombs, rich citrus juice. Lemon citrusy, Herbal peppery spices, black peppers basil, fennel. 86
    • Finish
      81 81
      Mint, tannin, fennel 84

  6. Highlander65 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    On the nose, exactly in this urine, in rapid succession there are notes of honey, fruit (apple peel), raisins, vanilla and powdered sugar. You can hardly feel alcohol! Excellent olfactory experience. With water the cereal and sugary notes are enhanced. In the mouth the alcohol feels more but it brings its 52 degrees very well, I feel a pinch of unripe fruit and then a good trifle. Given the excellent perfume I was hoping for a better palate. With water it softens a little, the note of sour fruit fades and becomes softer and more honeyed. Medium, fruity finish.
    Good malt, given the origin I thought it had a more marine character. The scent of the empty glass is incredible: wax and light smoke, a candle lit in the church! A nose of 9 is followed by a palate of 7, therefore

  7. BSJ scored this whisky 46 points Newbie

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  8. Willum scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. blackjacob scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  10. McBRI scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

  11. Juergen Willi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Good quality and a good price for a Cask Strength Whisky.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fresh, Alcohol well integrated, Mint, Citrus, Fruit Basket in a Glas: Melon, Apricot, Pear,... Also Caramel, Honey, sweet Malt, Vanilla.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fruits agaain, Fresh baked Pastry, Nuts, Ginger, Roasted Coffee, Caramel. With time and a drop of water also Dark Fruits.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Dry, Oak wood, Vanilla

  12. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    My fourth 12YO from Arran after previous batches of 2008, 2011CS, 2015CS. And probably has been discontinued.

    N- Opposite to the reserved B5, this one jump start with fine dose of maltose candy and ginger zest. Opened tin of apricot with blossoming fresh floral and honey notes. Red wine poached pear with pepper, anise and vanilla pod. Think about tobacco, cocoa with passion-fruit underlay. Well breezy light with excellent substance. (90/22)

    P- Nutty sherry showing up, spicy, roasted dark malt, dry ale with mineral nuance. Nice weighty mouthfeel, rounded with active spicy spirits that also screaming out the various honey, apricot and pear mix chutney. (90/22)

    F- Medium-long, chewy, peppery with charming honey-ed fruits dancing on the palate, perfected with touch of passion-fruit sourness. I would guess there are perhaps a part of Sauternes casks in the composition of this release but apparently I am wrong. (87/21)

    B/B- 89/22

    Cr- 3, Fr- 2, Fl- 1, Pt- 0, Ft- 1, Sp- 0, Wd-2, Wn-2, Sc-2

    Weighted Rate- 87pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Opposite to the reserved B5, this one jump start with fine dose of maltose candy and ginger zest. Opened tin of apricot with blossoming fresh floral and honey notes. Red wine poached pear with pepper, anise and vanilla pod. Think about tobacco, cocoa with passion-fruit underlay. Well breezy light with excellent substance. (90/22)
    • Taste
      P- Nutty sherry showing up, spicy, roasted dark malt, dry ale with mineral nuance. Nice weighty mouthfeel, rounded with active spicy spirits that also screaming out the various honey, apricot and pear mix chutney. (90/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium-long, chewy, peppery with charming honey-ed fruits dancing on the palate, perfected with touch of passion-fruit sourness. I would guess there are perhaps a part of Sauternes casks in the composition of this release but apparently I am wrong. (87/21)

      B/B- 89/22

      Cr- 3, Fr- 2, Fl- 1, Pt- 0, Ft- 1, Sp- 0, Wd-2, Wn-2, Sc-2

      Weighted Rate- 87pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  13. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nice strong and sweet whisky, good value for money. Very pleasant.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Fruity, citrus, strong alcohol, grassy as well, floral green. Also a lot of sweetness, vanilla.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Strong, pepper, sweet and fruity, some peach and orange, honey and vanilla. Pretty full taste.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Still some pepper, strong, sweet, honey, peach, still some vanilla, middle long finish.

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

  15. 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.

  16. dramspotter scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    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

  17. 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

  18. Woodsmoke scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  19. larswehmeier scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • 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.

  20. OnkelBiff scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

  21. Ziggy24 scored this whisky 83 points Expert 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

  22. fileosoph scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  23. pelle86 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Famous scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

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