Arran 1997

Overall rating
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
de Germany
Added on
14 Jul 2017 8:24 am by mcfloster
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 101.10

9 × in wishlist

84 × member ratings

159 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Arran 1997

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.51 points

  1. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  3. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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

  4. 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.

  5. TechnOBY scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    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.

  7. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      spicy, fresh herbs
      Nougat sweetness
      Red berries
    • Taste
      a wonderful harmony of spice, bitterness and acidity
    • Finish
      fresh, spicy
      citrus fruits
      Oak wood

  9. 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

  10. 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


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