Arran 2011 DR

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Individual Cask Bottling
Stated Age
05 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
57.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 dec 2016 9:56 pm by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 58.90

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Whisky reviews for Arran 2011 DR

7 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.42 points.

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A great and varied drop, I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Intense nuts and almond dominate the first nose. After a few moments, a subtle note of sulfur dissolves from the nut mixture, and surprisingly I do not find the sulfur note offensive or negative. Dark roasted aromas mingle with dark and old fruit flavors, the nose looks rather dignified and old. Tough drops stick to the glass wall as in slow motion and do not really want to go back into glass. Slowly the nose releases sweet and fruity elements. Dark caramel, old apricots and peaches, dried orange slices, a hint of chocolate and coffee. Plums and dates, and again I have a wonderful nose in the glass!
    • Taste
      Creamy and spicy, the first sip flows through the palate. Some chocolate and coffee powder mix, the dark, slightly dried fruit flavors are powerful in the mouth, an undefinable flavor note at the moment gives this malt a special touch. From the initially only subtle sharpness has ignited a true fire in the mouth for a few moments. Crushed white pepper and chili flare up on the tongue and on the palate, dry wood elements stick to the tongue, saliva mixes with tart and spicy pieces of wood. Slowly, the sharpness fades away and leaves behind the massively stimulated saliva a creamy wood-walnut mixture on the palate.
    • Finish
      The white pepper and chilli are still present on the tongue and on the palate. Creamy and somewhat dry wood tones give the finish a certain elegance, dark fruits play with walnuts and dry leaves. These tart, but very tasty, mouth-watering aromas remain for a long time and are a great way to remember a wonderful taste experience.

  2. Dottore scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good young Arran, who cleverly knows how to hide his age and shows that Arran works well even without sweet wine maturation
    • Nose
      works much more mature in the nose than the 5 years. No stinging alcohol. Floral, some honey, some citrus, quite light and elegant, yes, the Arran character can be guessed here, even if the typical Arranfass is missing. Butter, cereals, a little almond.
    • Taste
      quite strong with its 57% but just goes so still without water. Bittersweet grapefruit. Carbonic acid. Some chili. Honey. Now it's easy to see the metallic youth. Pepper and a lot of bourbon barrel vanilla
    • Finish
      surprisingly dry and slightly bitter, the whisky has taken some of the wood.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Archer scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Not bad for an age of 5 years. 5 -7 years on, he might not be that interesting. So it is a little one-dimensional: lemony, harsh, warming.
    • Nose
      Pur comes for a while, nothing at first. With a little water he opens up and shows green apple and lemon ice cream. A little vanilla.
    • Taste
      Continue to lemon, with chocolate and toffee, caramel sweets and walnuts. Over time, pepper comes and the whisky gets tart.
    • Finish
      Medium long, dry, dry, lemony.

  5. MasterOfPuppets scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    You can already tell him the youth. I probably would not have given him more than 8 years blind, which is even better than the 5 he has.
    • Nose
      Citrus fruit, sour apple, peach, some almond, caramel, with water: orange, plum, vanilla, cardamom,
    • Taste
      Oak, vanilla, caramel, citrus, peach, clove, black pepper, coriander
    • Finish
      Medium long, spicy, slightly alcoholic.

  6. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Quite edgy, as you can expect in age and strength, but for 5 years has amazingly fueled aromas and is quite interesting, the € 50 you can pass. But nothing for every day.
    • Nose
      it tickles me very lemony and alcoholic in the nose -> + water (droplets enough): sweet, grainy, caramel, cardboard, the lemon moves towards orange, still tingling in the nose, strong mineral water ... later bitter, then I still find cardamom and greens
    • Taste
      goes pure despite the strength, but tolerates water: harsh orange / grapefruit, could also go to berry ... red gooseberry ?, then bitter, burnt toast, black pepper, coffee
    • Finish
      long and peppery, here again I have this bitter grapefruit note, dark chocolate, coffee

  7. Othorion scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Category you can drink, but you do not have to :-) But do not get me wrong, for 5 years surprisingly delicious
    • Nose
      Nose: Alcohol, lemon, Ah the sting, behind it caramel and menthol, some apple and slightly metallic Better with water, lemon and lime intense, not so piercing, menthol, cut grass, sweet fruit gums
    • Taste
      Taste: sweet caramel, black pepper, lemon, nut chocolate
    • Finish
      warming, nut-chocolate, caramel

  8. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Krass. I drank it in the context of a Stammtisch and had due to the key data "Bourbon + 5 years" no great interest to try. Now I have to say: Hats off, what Arran and Rattray made of it. This is a delicious whisky, which can hide its age and especially its high turn well.
    • Nose
      Totally unexpected. For the young age, the "pretty" mature. Pretty fat toffee and caramel in the nose. The 57.3% are really well integrated. In addition something cereal like wheat or spelled ... or baking soda. Then it gets spicy-sweet with a touch of muff. Over time, the nose gets a little flatter. But no trace of the "metallic youth". Very interesting. With water, the malt dries off into sweet-artificial.
    • Taste
      Also in the taste of the alcohol is not as strong as expected. Again caramel and toffee. In addition a bit of bright milk chocolate. At the second sip, the alcohol becomes a little more intense.
    • Finish
      In the finish a nice touch of lemon, but here comes out his youth. It is not really metallic, rather fresh. I like that. Then light wood. The presses at the end again properly. With water, the finish is unfortunately a bit flatter.


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