Arran The Amarone Cask Finish

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Finishes
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 24 03 17
Added on
14 Apr 2017 3:58 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 50.62

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Whisky Reviews for Arran The Amarone Cask Finish

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.44 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Strong flavors unfold from my glass immediately after pouring. The high alcohol content (50%) is noticeable with a pleasant, cooling freshness, which fades slightly after a few minutes. Especially sweet, red fruits crave for attention, cherries, raspberries and some strawberries I perceive. Vanilla, honey, toasted almonds and chocolate (more milk chocolate) join. The tart-sourish character of blood oranges flashes and enhances the complex fruitiness.
    • Taste
      Strong onset, very full-bodied and oily. At the beginning very saliva-stimulating with a dominant fruitiness (red berries). The omnipresent cherries are joined by plenty of chocolate, almonds, nuts and caramel. Subtle notes of a freshly brewed black coffee I associate after the second sip. Slightly spicy notes of wood with hints of cinnamon and cloves complete the taste profile. A slight dryness is already noticeable.
    • Finish
      Medium. The red fruits rear up again and contrast very nicely with the vinous notes, which gradually cause a noticeable dryness with a slight bitterness. Cherries, chocolate, cinnamon and a pleasant oak flavor dominate the finish.

  2. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    That will be difficult. Before that, I had a Bunnahabhain 13 Marsala 46.3%, which positively surprised me and offered about what I expected from this one (and knew his predecessors). And now this is despite its multi-percent weaker (and laxer than its predecessor - sucked Amarone barrels? Less finish time?)
    Nevertheless, he is absolutely, in itself, a delicious whisky. Full, tasty, good barrel influence, for 45 € a fair deal.
    But in relative terms, compared to its predecessors, it has unfortunately 'declined a whole corner.
    • Nose
      the color has a clear rose tone, which is not shown in the scale, the nose is appropriately berry-fruity, raspberry, strawberry, a little bright cherry, to a light dry, woody spiciness and with a bit of imagination a bit Milk chocolate and brandy
      (less powerful than a previously tasted 46.3% Bunnahabhain)
    • Taste
      my notes on a previous bottling (2015):
      "here too intense and full-bodied, dark chocolate, a little cherry jam, Sachertorte ... a lot of cocoa, the 50% spice and spiciness, walnut, also something reminiscent of maple syrup" everything fits, but a bit weaker, laxer, "washed out", the cherry goes down in the direction of watery strawberry, sweeter, less cocoa, more hazelnut than walnut, already full-bodied, but feels more like 46 than 50%
    • Finish
      also here as a bar of the old:
      "long and spicy, without being too spicy, cocoa, walnut, wood, without becoming too bitter ... beautiful" 25% less cocoa content, walnut becomes nut, but a bit more normal "bittersweet"

  3. LDB scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A delicious drinking whisky, no more, but also no less. Not so much remains of the arran character due to the influence of sweet wine. The whisky is well made, however, that cannot be denied.

  4. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice dram! Most Arran wine cask finishes score above average in my book. 8-9 years 1st fill Bourbon and 6 months to 1 year finish work out great with the Arran spirit.
    If only I had to give a more critical note I’d say this whisky is drawing within the lines on every part almost to perfectly, which could give a bit of a more ‘boring’ experience to one another. But I’m happy to have bought, and as we speak, finished a bottle.
    • Nose
      Initialy Lots of Bourbon influences such as honey, vanilla, light oak wood and some corn. But after some time and a drop of water, the strength of the caskfinish kicks in! It gives a beautiful refined, subtle spicyness in a very mild and balanced way. Dark grapes and herbs take the nose to the next level. Splendid nose.
    • Taste
      On the taste it’s quite similar. At first a lot of Bourbon influences dominate the palate. Sweet, soft and a slight dry bitterness. But again shortly after, there is more, way more. A full bodied and concentrated taste, with lots of subtle herbs and spices. It is well balanced and highly enjoyable. Again dark grapes and also apricote.
    • Finish
      Quite a long finish. Again highly enjoyable and well balanced. There is a pleasant spirit note comming in. Nice, soft and sweet. The ‘young’ age reveals itself here. But then again, this is no negative. Instead I am quite impressed Arran was able to make such a result after a short period of time. I guess the amarone cask did it’s part big time!

  5. Alois scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Not the best in taste compared to Port Cask and Madeira Cask but the best in Finish. More years in Oak would be better for this. With Water he get to soft... but the Citrus come out.
    • Nose
      Lovely. Fresh young Fruits maybe Lychee and a little bit Mustard. Little bit bubblegum. With a little time he give more sweet nuances and a little tabacaroma.
    • Taste
      Oak. Normal sweet Fruit. Fast start. A little furry. Tingling on the tongue. Bubblegum.
    • Finish
      Warming, with enough fruits and long-lasting in the mouth. Light fruits. 

  6. Dramned! scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    "That's supposed to be whisky?" One is almost inclined to ask. The color is very special and to see this Arran alone in the glass, a small experience. Overall, he is not over the top.
    Detailed tasting with photos: https://dramned.blog/2017/05/24/arran-amarone-cask-finish-50/
    • Nose
      In the glass: light rosé wine, almost salmon-colored, legs running rapidly down the glass wall.

      In the nose: Pureed berry compote with juicy blackberries, ripe strawberries, raspberries and cherries, cooling mint with menthol, sweet vanilla sugar, not the aromatic bourbon vanilla, but rather towards vanillin, a few mild spices, a delicate dull metal bucket (maybe younger than 10 years?) and with goodwill a little oak.
    • Taste
      Slightly peppery on the nose, the fruit does not appear overloaded, spreads gently and gradually throughout the mouth, with a pleasant dryness of tannins, which does not astringent, a beautiful honey sweetness, a hint of aromatic-sweet long pepper, some clove and now also much more Oak as in the nose
    • Finish
      In the warm finish dry oak with light fruit notes and wine aromas, a sweet Campino fruit candy will hang for a long time. The empty and slightly dried glass smells clearly of red wine.

  7. Malthead19 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    COLOR: like a rosé wine

    - great NAS single malt from Arran
    - For me the best representative from the CASK FINISH series
    - still ok for about 50 €
    • Nose
      flowery fruity impression, sweet grape notes, rosé wine, the 50% is noticeable => young age, no oak
    • Taste
      tingling on the tongue, sweetness at the beginning and then getting dry, sticks to the tongue, distinct fruit, hint of rose water
    • Finish
      medium-long fruity finish;
      short, slightly fruity aftertaste

  8. Bene37 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose: fruity-sweet, strawberries with a whipped cream, topped with a little vanilla sauce and brown sugar, floral notes

    Palate: strawberries with vanilla sauce and brown sugar, apples, pears, slightly floral

    Finish: medium-long and warm, the strawberry punch continues, slightly astringent

    Evaluation: nice thing, if you like strawberry punch, you don't do anything wrong here; sweet and fruity, slightly floral and vanilla with, thanks to the 50% always full and voluminous, which can be 87/100 or 7/10

  9. whiskyd scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      68 68
    • Finish
      62 62

  10. wbarchive_227575 scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

    Absolute fruit bomb
    • Nose
      Immediately full red wine aroma in the nose, no alcohol, very sweet, malty, vanilla, caramel, orange, some pear, coffee and chocolate.
    • Taste
      Full fruit experience, red wine is extremely present, malt, sweet, 50% alcohol is well integrated, orange is also found in the taste.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet aftertaste with red wine.


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