Review No.161. Arran 14 Year Old

Arran is a distillery located on the Isle of Arran (of course) and is the only distillery on the Island.  It is part of the region often referred to as the Islands in whisky terms but I have also seen the Islands classed as Highlands.  Anyway, geographically the Islands are a collection of islands of the west coast of Scotland with the exception of Islay.  The Arran distillery and brand is fairly young as production began in 1995 and they only recently released their oldest single malt at the age of 21.  The range is quite extensive with the 10, 14 and 18 year old as part of their core range and quite a few non age statements with different finishes as well as a peated version.  They also produce a blended malt called Robert Burns (also have a single malt by the same name).  They are really covering all grounds with their range and it is quite impressive how much they have on offer for such a young brand.


Whisky: Arran 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46%

Nose: Citrus zest, salt, green leaves, honey, light peat, nuts and pepper

Taste: Honey, syrup, pepper, lucozade, salt, tinned fruits

Finish: Honey, aniseed and dark chocolate

Score: 3.75

Summary: This is a complex malt with lots going on the aroma and taste. There’s a good mixture of sweet, savoury and sour.  Each of these elements are noticeable and stand out in their own right. Water helps bring out the flavours further and it also benefits from the 46%.  There is a coastal element that I quite like, not as full on as Old Pulteney but more gentle and in the background.  Overall I am really impressed with this Arran 14 year old and at £45 I think this offers excellent value for money.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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