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Arran 12-year-old

Overall rating
83.28/100
votes
86
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

€ 52,77

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 12-year-old

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.28 points

  1. Juergen Willi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. OnkelBiff scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

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