Character: The Arran 18 scores with its balanced variety and the interesting interplay of flavors. It is very intense, sweet, sour, spicy-spicy and fruity at the same time.
Review: A great standard bottling that offers a lot for the price and does not need to shy away from comparison. Really recommended. The wonderfully complex, balanced nose I liked the most. The beautiful intensity and the powerful oak are further plus points for me, and there's nothing to complain about when it comes to finish. There are good 88 points today
Basic flavors: citrus fruits, dried fruit, fruits, vanilla, butter, chocolate, cereals, leather
Description: At the beginning there is a surprising amount of sherry and intense citrus fruits. Juicy raisins and plums meet oranges, lemons and sweet red apples. After a long smell the fine exotic fruit flavors get better and better. Pineapple and peach are enticingly in the nose and together with sweet spines and wild strawberries for a tremendous fruitiness, which makes my mouth water. In addition to the fruits, there is plenty of creamy vanilla. Almost buttery. Milk chocolate and finely structured grain and leather notes complete the remarkably harmonious overall picture perfectly. There is a lot to explore here. A really nice nose that makes you want more.
Basic flavors: citrus fruits, dried fruits, spices, chocolate, vanilla, oak, walnut, coffee
Description: Smooth and fruity-salty, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. Orange and juicy raisins flash through briefly, before a powerful mixture of pepper and ginger greets for attention. Then again the delicious oranges and raisins. A nice mix of dry and citrus fruits. I also have to think about cranberries somehow. Everything is beautifully embedded in milk chocolate and vanilla. Finally, the harsh oak can not be lumped. With a beautiful woody taste, almonds and coffee it goes over to the finish deliciously.
Basic flavors: vanilla, chocolate, citrus fruits, oak
Description: The finish is medium long, sweet and sour and spicy. Vanilla and milk chocolate provide for the sweetness. Orange peels and a little lemon turn for a light acidity. But the finish is carried by the spicy oak. It ensures an ever-drier, nutty finish that fades away slightly bitter. But disturbing does not do that bitterness.