Arran 13 Single Cask Nation

Arran 13 Single Cask Nation

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Arran / Single Cask Nation

Region: Island

55.9% ABV

Aged For: 13 years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: 2nd fill oloroso

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey, malt, alcohol, dried fruits, citrus

Feel:Medium body, spicy

Taste: Vanilla, pepper, ginger, citrus, walnuts, malt

Finish: Spices, pepper, oak, dried fruits, and a bit of toffee

Thoughts: This was interesting as usually things with sherry influence don’t have this much pepper and spice in them.

Score: 84 out of 100

 

Arran 2006 Connoisseur’s Choice

Arran 2006

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Arran / Gordon & MacPhail

Region: Island

46% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 8 years

Cask Type: Refill Casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: White wine

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Honey, malt, yeast, vanilla, floral

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Barley, pepper, oak, vanilla, and baked bread

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak and vanilla with bits of pepper and wood shavings

Thoughts: If Arran’s underlying malt wasn’t that good it would show here, but it actually is rather tasty. This is no frills malt whiskey.

Score: 80 out of 100

Arran 10

Arran 10

Price: $55 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Arran

Region: Island

46% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 10 years

Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon & sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Malt, honey, nutty, grass, citrus, and gentle oak

Mouthfeel: Waxy and medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla and honey, with grass, earth, and oak

Finish: Medium and lingering finish, with vanilla, honey, ginger, and pepper

Score: 79 out of 100

Arran 12 Cask Strength

Arran 12 CS

Arran is a relatively new distillery, founded in 1994. This one is aged in a combination of first and second fill sherry casks, as well as ex bourbon barrels.

 

Price: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Arran / Private Shareholders

Region: Island (Arran)

53.6% ABV

Aged For: 12 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: First and second fill sherry casks and ex-bourbon barrels

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Slight gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Rich apple and honeycomb. Gentle fruit, light grain, and what I can describe as the scent of a barnyard.

Taste: Oily and rich, a heavy fruitiness. A touch of oak, with herbal undertones and earthiness.

Finish: Warm and long with ginger, clove and fruit.

Thoughts: Good mouth feel and combination of fruits, but the earthiness brings my score down a few points due to my own personal preferences.

Score: 78 out of 100