- 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
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Whisky Reviews for Arran 12-year-old
11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.40 points
- 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.
- 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.
slightly spicy, seems like a refill bourbon hogshead; a little sweaty and tangy
sweet and slightly syrupy with orange tang to follow
short->medium; doesn't stick around much and barring a bit of cloves does not introduce any dryness or undue bitterness
- 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
Sweet, southern fruit, caramel, no alcohol, but something locked
Very oily and creamy, exotic fruits, mango, papaya and melon, wonderfully sweet and tasty
Meanang, getting drier, but the sweetness of caramelized fruits still dominates
- For me a stronger but not better Arran 10
Fresh Apple and exotic. Some bitter
Strong taste. Only Apple.
Sweet caramel. Exotic fruitiness, perhaps mango most likely. Some oak and malt. Less fresh / maritime than the younger Arrans. Fuller and more mature.
Pleasantly powerful alcohol. Creamy texture. Strong malt. Aromatic oak. Spicy honey.
Medium long and sweetish mild.
- 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.