Arran 1997

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
20 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
52.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L17 101 PB
Bottled for
Specially Selected by Kammer Kirsch
Added on
14 Jul 2017 8:24 am by mcfloster
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 100,00

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 1997

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.31 points

  1. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Another beautifully matured Arran Sherry Malt! Not a Sherry Monster, rather a very well balanced malt. The typical Arran signature combined with lots of fruit and spicyness! Concerning Price-performance ratio a real bargain!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. SchottenDicht scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I'm just returning from a whisky meeting at our local dealer, where the arran had just arrived today. So I couldn't resist to take a sip or two. To be honest, I'm still quit drunk so I can't give you exquisit notes as usual :-)

    I remember it not bad, but I had a deanston 19y old px just right before the arran which beat it (arran lost). The arran is rather mild, the sherry stays subtile. The nose is also quit restrained. The finish is typical arran with island aroma. I had the feeling you shouldn't add too much water or it will lose its age very fast. Typical citrus, but concealed. Conclusion: Is it bad? Not at all. Is it brilliant? Rather not. Is it worth a 100€ a bottle with caskstrength and age statement and original Arran? Absoluletly yes! But I wouldn't pay more.
    I give it 86/100 p. but will have to retaste it - maybe it deserves one more point if not tasted after a sherry Deanston.

  3. Kaleva scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Really nice whisky, sherry bomb with minerally and coastal profile - quite unusual combination. Very balanced and complex enough, easy-going on it’s full strength but much better being diluted. Hard to find but definitely worth buying.
    • Nose
      Soft sherry, dried fruits: prunes and raisins, touch of oak, cinnamon and cardamom, dark caramel and coffee notes. After adding water: brown sugar, orange zest, baked apples, blackberry jam
    • Taste
      Sweet, caramelly, cinnamon, cloves, maple syrup, oak influence and minerally notes come to foreground later. Damp wood, wet leaves, solvent and menthol notes
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and gingery, oaky (some bitter notes), getting dry quickly, dark marmalade at the end

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    a warm wood-driven malt, where the sherry shades tend to stay in the background
    • Nose
      88 88
      sweet, sugared lemon, mint gum, nutmeg, glue, apricot jam, minty, fresh, light wood and resin,
    • Taste
      87 87
      fresh sawn boards, tree juice, licorice, paint, shoe polish, furniture polish, very woody aromatic, not bitter, fruit flavors are there and pleasant, but more in the background and diffuse sweet, with a lot of mint
    • Finish
      87 87
      Vanilla, citrus, some stone dust, tree juice, citrus drops

  5. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I like Arran. This one tastes good too. Too bad that I already emptied the sample of the 18er yesterday. Since a comparison would not be bad. Although this has more sherry influence, but just turns out yellowish fruit.
    • Nose
      Not too sweet apricot jam right away. Honeydew melon. Pineapple. Some white tea. Natural cloudy apple juice. But also some citrus fruit. Sugared lime. In addition, a cooling note reminiscent of lemon balm. The oak now comes through and brings spice into the game. Nutmeg.
    • Taste
      Jup has a lot of power. At first sweeter than in the mouth. Acacia honey and caramel. Then again apricot. Apple compote with cinnamon. Pear juice. But now it tingles nicely on the tongue and the citrus fruits take over. Again, a nice sharpness comes through.
    • Finish
      The sharpness remains. The yellow fruits slowly fade and it gets drier. Tonic Water.

  6. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice maturing, not a sherry monster, rather spicy and fruity.
    • Nose
      Sherry, waxy apple, peach, spicy oak, ginger, rum cherry, tobacco and mint.
    • Taste
      Refined, creamy. Fruits, tannic oak and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, fruity.

  7. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. schero scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is really one of the better Arrans from the sherry barrel. The keg has by no means covered the Brennereicharakter - which is still there to 100%.
    • Nose
      Strong apricots and raisins, a light ginger odor is here again, but this is dominated by the sherry notes, light oak spiciness and coffee and tobacco notes, water combines everything and gives an impression of menthol
    • Taste
      Sweet red fruits, a strong onset, peppery mouthfeel, with time it gets creamier, drier, with water it becomes creamy and much rounder
    • Finish
      Lots of pepper, then some bitterness from the oak, the red fruits are omnipresent, the finish is really very long

  10. Harkonnen1967 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Compared to the 14er OA I have actually through the strong influence of the barrel, the fruity note comes through very little, in a blind tasting I would not have recognized him as Arran. Nose little sour old sherry notes. On the tongue very spicy no bitter notes of wood, dry sherry notes and the haul is tastable similar to Glenfarclas. If I had to give a quick description I would even say a 50/50 mix of Glendronach Single Cask and old Glenfarclas.


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