Arran 2000 SMWS 121.96

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Afternoon cream tea
Stated Age
16 years old
Virgin Heavy Toast Medium Char Oak Hogshead
Number of bottles
53.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 jan 2017 1:46 pm by John Barleycorn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 76.49

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Whisky reviews for Arran 2000 SMWS 121.96

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.10 points.

  1. dramspotter scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    That nose is really quite odd - it is like a refill bourbon hogshead but it is mixed in with something more savoury or earthy; the palate is pretty good while the finish is fine but not really something one cares too much about.
    • Nose
      80 80
      quite unsettling; there is something of the Bourbon maturation in here but it is overshadowed by what I describe as mushrooms maturing in the stairs cupboard
    • Taste
      84 84
      quite sweet initially and syrupy before that earthiness returns
    • Finish
      81 81
      medium+; the virgin oak starts to assert itself as such here but it is not as overt as you might expect; small branches split and stripped but not as sappy as some other VOs can be

  2. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Virgin Oak and Arran fit
    • Nose
      Coconut, the Arran-typical ginger comes through, slightly maritime, some vanilla, subliminal some citrus
    • Taste
      Slight spicy and peppery onset, very creamy, oak spiciness, milk chocolate, getting a little drier
    • Finish
      Oak, sweet, creamy, slightly vanilla again

  3. FernetBranco scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: Another one that’s honeyed and sweet - so far the theme of the day. But wait, this is a different beast. We are also talking of burnt molasses and butterscotch, most indicative of virgin casks ones with a medium-to-heavy char especially. Theres also some cinnamon, ginger, aniseed, linseed oil, tan hide, soy, tomato, tamari, potting-shed pickle, mango & chilli pickle...... This isn’t howeveras pan-Asian as my descriptors may suggest, though its not obviously Scottish. And the descriptors keep coming. Namely windscreen wash, synthetic lemon flavour [from washing up liquid], grilled limes, synthetic plums & tropical fruit notes, mechanic oils, bready oils [culinary] - golly theres all-sorts here! 
    T: Lemonade-sweet - I wasn’t expecting that. It’s soft too, ethanol wise with an innocuous chew before dried confectionary fruits run into the finish.
    F: Soft, malted sweets, sweet aniseed, silicone [the char really showing its worth at the end], and sweet aniseed that goes on and on. It’s refreshingly non-vanilled. It’s little dry at the end though equally soft throughout.
    C: Though this was transferred [for finishing] to a virgin oak hogshead for a year [or thereabouts], it spent most of its life [15 years], in an ex-Bourbon hogshead. A fine cask finish. Only the mid-palate was a little lacking.


  5. mandragoru did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS tasting notes:

    A spring-like freshness of washed linen blowing in the breeze with fragrant rose bushes, apple blossom and elderflower cordial. Then sweetness from white chocolate buttons, praline chocolates, prune and Armagnac tart and coconut ice cream with a new oak woodiness of the lolly stick. Fruit followed with nectarines, stewed apples, lemon peel, fruit cocktails with bitters and fresh strawberries with clotted cream and scones. The chewy finish was of clean oak and cinnamon powder spice. Following 15 years in an ex-Bourbon hogshead this was transferred to a virgin oak hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.

    DRINKING TIP: Drink whilst relaxing after an exhausting day of gardening.


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