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ARRAN MALT 100% 57abv

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ARRAN MALT 100% 57abv

Postby whiskynig » Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:20 pm

Another stunner, and completely unexpected (for me, anyway).
Full of toffee, caramel and honeycomb, (toffee apples?) and much much better WITHOUT water.
What a really pleasant surprise. 8)
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Re: ARRAN MALT 100% 57abv

Postby Megawatt » Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:12 pm

All the Arran malts I've had have been very good. I plan on trying their 10-year-old some time.
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Re: ARRAN MALT 100% 57abv

Postby MacDeffe » Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:17 pm

I went to a local whisky fair a couple of weeks and had this one + 2 single cask 10yrs. One bourbon cask and one sherry cask

I didnt like the unaged cask strenth, but I really enjoyed the 10yr bourbon single cask, and also the sherry casked single cask

But the bourbon single cask was a real treat, and over here (Denmark) the price difference wasnt that big

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Re: ARRAN MALT 100% 57abv

Postby The Third Dram » Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:33 am

Although the cask-finished editions of Arran provide good entertainment for one's taste buds, the best Arran release I've yet tried was a Bourbon cask matured (cask strength) one distilled in December of 1996 and bottled at 56.6%ABV... A simply radiant whisky.
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Re: ARRAN MALT 100% 57abv

Postby evanstonwhisky » Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:24 am

I'm looking into Arran as well. Which one of these listings at the local liquor chain's offering would be the one you are discussing?

http://www.binnys.com/spirits/search/?a ... stxt=arran

I might try some, for they relatively cheap price.
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Re: ARRAN MALT 100% 57abv

Postby Klas » Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:41 am

The Third Dram wrote:Although the cask-finished editions of Arran provide good entertainment for one's taste buds, the best Arran release I've yet tried was a Bourbon cask matured (cask strength) one distilled in December of 1996 and bottled at 56.6%ABV... A simply radiant whisky.


I also like the cask strength version (bourbon cask).
I tried the Cru Champagne finish at Whisky Live in Glasgow 2006 and that was also something quite extra.
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Re: ARRAN MALT 100% 57abv

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:29 pm

I don't agree with the Arran bashers. They are making good malt on the island and the less they mess around with finishing and concentrate on allowing the whisky to speak for itself the better they will do I think. I particularly liked the 10yo 100 proof version that they released in the UK a few years ago (probably around 2006) and the bourbon casked CS version at Binny's looks to be something similar.
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Re: ARRAN MALT 100% 57abv

Postby The Dazzler » Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:11 am

Arran have created some fine single malt, these guys will grow from strength to strength you will see. these distillers are ahead of the others such as Bladnoch or Kilchomen for independent distilleries and must be respected for everything they are trying to do.

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Re: ARRAN MALT 100% 57abv

Postby Megawatt » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:51 am

I'm in love with their Robert Burns single malt (the regular, not the Anniversary Edition). Highly recommended for someone looking for a sweet, lively malt.
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Re: ARRAN MALT 100% 57abv

Postby peat-chaser » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:33 am

I agree with Willie, the Arran-Malts are good stuff and they are best without any experimental-finishing-nonsens, just give it a fine cask and 10 years or more to mature and you´ll get a rather good malt. Well, a few of their finished expressions are good too, I mean to remember a brandy-cask and an italian redwine. Even the 4 y.o. peated from bourbon and from sherry cask, I tried at the munich whisky and bar festival early this year. were already highly drinkable.

@ Megawatt:
All the Arran malts I've had have been very good. I plan on trying their 10-year-old some time.


Your statement makes me believe that you are a big arran-specialist. But the second sentence turns it to a laugh. How many arrans did you try? 3? 7? 15? Do you know that there are already more than 250 bottlings? (in words: two-hundered-and-fifty) :insane:
I tried about 30 of them and I´d say I don´t know much about arran and I don´t dare to give a general statement about it.

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Re: ARRAN MALT 100% 57abv

Postby Megawatt » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:11 pm

Well if you've tried 30 whiskies from the same distillery yet don't feel comfortable forming a general opinion, perhaps you are just indecisive :P
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