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Review: Three new Arran malt whiskies

March 29th, 2009

Some of these new single cask Arran Malts are delicious. Here are my reviews of a few recent releases.

The Arran Malt, Single Bourbon Cask, (Cask#1801), 1996 Vintage, 50.5%, $80
Fresh and clean, with notes of vanilla, ripe barley, honey, caramel apple and toasted coconut. Creamy and mouth-coating in texture, leading to a pleasingly dry, spicy oak finish. Very drinkable yet satisfying. Very nice.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 86

The Arran Malt, Single Sherry Cask, (Cask#69), 1998 Vintage, 56.6%, $80
Predominantly fruity—the sherry cask is obvious, but it’s not heavy or dominant. Clean, bright orchard fruit blends in nicely with strawberry rhubarb pie, light toffee, dates, dark chocolate and polished oak. Long, soothing, oily finish. Another solid effort from this young distillery.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 85

The Arran Malt, 12 year old, 46%, $50
Nice to see Arran making it to 12 years old. Creamy on the palate, and soothing in nature, with layers of sweetness (maple and butterscotch syrup, vanilla cream) and fruit (caramel apple, fried banana). Soft, congenial finish. A low-level, yet persistent nutty/burnt rubber note detracts from what would otherwise be a very fun, pleasantly sweet whisky. (Note: at the time of publication, the whisky was not yet available in the U.S. Price above is UK price in pounds, converted to dollars).

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 77

4 Responses to “Review: Three new Arran malt whiskies”

  1. butephoto says:

    I’ve only tried the single cask bourbon, but Arran seems to be much better when bottled at full strength or from a single cask. The standard bottlings don’t cut it sometimes for me, but bottlings like these can be stunning.

  2. Red_Arremer says:

    A while ago, I asked a whisky-acquaintence of mine if there were any Arrans worth shelling for. “They’re stuff is junk,” he told me. Recently, I tried the Robert Burns. I didn’t mind it at all, but I could see how someone might. One of these bottles is probably a good enough reason to give them a second chance.

  3. John M says:

    I got a share of a sherry cask bottled at 9 years old. It was excellent. Also tried a few cask samples at the distillery and some of them were really good, particularly the sherry casks again.


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