- 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
13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.29 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!
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
The sharpness remains. The yellow fruits slowly fade and it gets drier. Tonic Water.
- Nice maturing, not a sherry monster, rather spicy and fruity.
Sherry, waxy apple, peach, spicy oak, ginger, rum cherry, tobacco and mint.
Refined, creamy. Fruits, tannic oak and pepper.
Long, spicy, fruity.