- Whiskybase ID
- 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
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Whisky Reviews for Arran 1997
14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.51 points
- 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!
- 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%.
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
Sweet red fruits, a strong onset, peppery mouthfeel, with time it gets creamier, drier, with water it becomes creamy and much rounder
Lots of pepper, then some bitterness from the oak, the red fruits are omnipresent, the finish is really very long
- 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.
- The alcohol tickles the nose - the whisky can take a few drops of water without becoming flat. The nose is pleasantly harmonious with caramel, sherry and spices. Every now and then a crunchy orange juice flashes through.
The taste is then a roller coaster ride: It reminds me of a fruity, juicy, bitter and at the same time overripe and sweet grapefruit. This strange description of the taste already gives an idea - in the taste there are extremely many aromas present at the same time. However, these are perfectly balanced and interwoven, so that it is just really awesome and delicious. The finish is quite long and pleasantly fruity and sweet.
Personally, I'm still missing something to make it a perfect whisky, but all in all, it's just really well done. Hence 90 points from me.
spicy, fresh herbs
a wonderful harmony of spice, bitterness and acidity
- 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.
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
Sweet, caramelly, cinnamon, cloves, maple syrup, oak influence and minerally notes come to foreground later. Damp wood, wet leaves, solvent and menthol notes
Long, sweet and gingery, oaky (some bitter notes), getting dry quickly, dark marmalade at the end
- a warm wood-driven malt, where the sherry shades tend to stay in the background
sweet, sugared lemon, mint gum, nutmeg, glue, apricot jam, minty, fresh, light wood and resin,
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
Vanilla, citrus, some stone dust, tree juice, citrus drops