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Arran The Exciseman

Overall rating
86.33/100
votes
164
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Smugglers‘ Series No. 3
Bottled
2017
Casktype
Madeira and Quarter Casks
Number of bottles
8700
Strength
56.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5060044483226
Added on
30 Jun 2017 7:34 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 270.58

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164 × member ratings

1374 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran The Exciseman

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.33 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    young and alcoholic, great design of bottle and packaging - totally unacceptable price
    • Nose
      quite closed and alcoholic, then honey wine, maple syrup, overripe white grapes, dates, marzipan
    • Taste
      Again dominant alcoholic strength, honey, vanilla, citrus notes, nougat
    • Finish
      Chocolate, pepper sharpness, medium long

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  3. schero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It is quite good and the packaging is a masterpiece.
    But of course - there is better from Arran. No question.
    • Nose
      The Madeira does not hide at all, directly you have sweet juicy oranges in mind, but at the beginning you also notice the almost 57%, I also smell the Arran-ginger, tobacco, slightly ashy, grapes, the second smelling comes neat Add vanilla, be careful with water - could destroy everything
    • Taste
      Powerful sparkling onset, light creaminess, citrus, slightly mineral, again a slight ashiness, oak looking in vain, oranges are back, the taste changes with water almost not, the tingling is more of the Brennereicharakter than the alcohol
    • Finish
      Here the oak spice is now there for a short time, then the lively character prevails again, the light pepperiness remains slightly sticky without overstraining the mouth

  4. the_muskox scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Flower power! It’s so floral, it’s almost medicinal. It’s certainly not a whisky for everyone, you certainly need a sweet tooth. It’s extremely sweet and rich, and a bit one-note in that sense, but with a bit more going on than just sugar. It’s similar to the Arran Sauternes Finish, but with much more depth, better mouthfeel, and more age. It has some issues with heat, but the mouthfeel is nice and rich. Overall, not in the upper tier of Arrans I’ve tried, but still a very good dessert dram.

    Nose: Sweet and resinous. Loads of rich honey and flowers. Sort of a medicinal, eucalyptusy, camphor-ish note. Vanilla, cereals, candied nuts, butter, some cinnamon spiced apples and plums. Spicy cedar, fresh-cut pine, citronella, and cocoa powder. Pickled ginger and black pepper, along with some lemon, rice vinegar, and mirin. Slightly mineral and earthy. More time in the glass brings out candied citrus and elderflower.

    Palate: Thick, rich texture. A little hot at first. Vanilla up front, followed by buttery pastries and sweet fragrant flowers. Loads of honey, caramel, barley sugar, and sweet dessert wine. Typical Arran notes of nutty barley, pine, black pepper, and ginger. Candied citrus, Fuzzy Peaches, bubblegum and pears. Some lightly bitter oak and leather. Mouthwatering salt on the back end.

    Finish: Sweet, floral, and fairly long. More rich honey, with beeswax coming in too. Peach, dates, pears, and tamarind chutney. Old pencils, perfume, and mineral water. Milk chocolate caramels.

  5. SingleMaltSamples scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. markkuyper scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  7. EvilAFI scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A little too sweet and funky, not bad, but not balanced.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Interesting, wine fruit and leather, orange, kiwi, guava
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, tropical and funky, vanilla, over ripe papaya, pineapple, caramel.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, tropical fruits linger and caramel

  8. EvilAFI scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A little too sweet and funky, not bad, but not balanced.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Interesting, wine fruit and leather, orange, kiwi, guava
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, tropical and funky, vanilla, over ripe papaya, pineapple, caramel.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, tropical fruits linger and caramel

  9. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    09-02-2019
    • Nose
      78 78
      tropical fruits, caramel
    • Taste
      80 80
      tropical fruits, caramel
    • Finish
      79 79
      tropical fruits, caramel

  10. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    To say the least disappointing, the weakest of the 3 and already all 3 are weaker for me than the Devil's Punch Bowls back then. The second was already strangely constructed with pure Caipirinha salt-lime earthquake, this is just as peculiar but with me even less suitable notes.
    • Nose
      Very own, cocoa powder, cep, potting soil, old leather, closed and a bit dusty, later Riesling, ginger, grapes, light tobacco
    • Taste
      Cherry, blood orange, leather, chestnut, grapefruit, nutmeg, cinnamon, looks more like a port keg, red gummi bears, cocoa, raisin, licorice, some ashes / toasted notes
    • Finish
      More tannins now, leather, grapefruit, cocoa, rosemary, medium-long

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