Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Stated Age
19 years old
Bourbon Hogshead + Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
52.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Jan 2017 8:33 pm by Jimjam
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 98.44

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45 × member ratings

68 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 1997 CA

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.73 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram during the Campbeltown Whisky Festival today. 

    This cask did no good to the usually excellent Arran spirit, it is hardly drinkable and not to my liking...
    • Nose
      80 80
      The nose is very shy and closed, even after adding some water there is not much going on in my olfactory cells. Just some slight sherry aromas but these could be imaginary too due to the dark colour of the dram. Strange, I hardly remember a dram with such a shy nose...
    • Taste
      79 79
      The taste is quite shy as is the nose and drying out (astringent again), after adding water some nice milk chocolatey notes are released at least.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The arrival on the palate is unpleasant - astringent and bitter. The finish is rather short and again bitter, water improves this and releases the chocolatey flavours again...

  2. Implar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It smells and tastes quite old and dusty. Not as vibrant as Arran usually is. Tasted at the Wicked Whisky Compangie Arran tasting.
    • Nose
      Quite dusty, fruity, mainly apples and apricot. Some lychee.
    • Taste
      Quite dusty, mouldy, grassy and barley. Meant in a good way.
    • Finish
      Green apple, honey and yes, dust.

  3. My.Whisky.Journal scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Style: Fruity, Oily and Spicy


    Fragrant apples, peaches and apricots lightly painted with honeycomb wax. Candied fruits adding more richness to the core. Lemon aloe vera, a powerful surge of spice, especially considering it is 52.4%. Then we have ginger, peppermint and a touch of nutmeg to finish. Fruity and spicy.


    Starts with a spicy cut on the palate, followed by apple cubes, tropical fruits and some grassy eau de vie to give a herbal tone. The drier facet begins to show - ginger shreds, nutmeg and coffee beans. Cider with a lick of salty butter. Malt biscuits towards the end.


    More yellow butter notes lingering, apple pie and red fruits fainting slowly.


    A pleasant small batch offering from the Cadenhead. The symmetrical contribution from the Sherry and Boubon cask gives a comfortable balance to the expression. Relatively dense stone fruit sweetness bolstered up a satisfactory, oily texture. Not your usual Arran I guess, which is generally lighter, but I quite like this, tick!

    ✓ [Recommended if you like the Style/ Distillery]

    [52.4% / 1997 Distilled / 2016 Bottled / 486 Bottles / A Vatting of 1 Bourbon Hogshead and 1 Sherry Hogshead / Cask Strength / Non Coloured / T]


  4. theograph scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Only with water is the beautiful fruit note and the subtle maritime character better;

  5. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    The taste of this Arran doesn't agree with the price of the bottle for me.
    • Nose
      Sweet, fresh grass, little wood and alcohol.
    • Taste
      Strong, sour orange taste, little creamy, astringent, chocolate and pepper.
    • Finish
      Hot, pepery finish, astringent and bitter.

  7. cleaver scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    By far the worst Arran I have ever drunk.
    • Nose
      Do I smell something? Not really. Sherry, dried apricot. Disappointing
    • Taste
      Also nothing special. Mouth contracts due to the bitterness, alcohol is clearly to taste. Slightly nutty, sherry.
    • Finish
      Medium. Just as complex as nose.

  8. Bishlouk scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    In this Arran, wood dominates from beginning to end. First green and fresh, it is becoming increasingly dry and dusty. The typical fruitiness of Arran is therefore relegated (a little too much) to the background.
    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity, woody, and dry at the same time. Many green, softwoods. Candied white grapes. A slight woody smoke. Plant drought grows with time.
    • Taste
      Sour grapes, a hint of vanilla, a handful of spicy spices. Apple appears, accompanied by dry bitter wood. Sweet notes grow on time.
    • Finish
      Alcohol is more present. The wood dries out the mouth, leaving dust behind. The spices persist.

  9. wisekycourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, orange, wood, pepper and important floral sensation and a return of custard (vanilla).
    freshness of the malt, grassy side, white fruit, some hull.

  10. Helgo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85


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