Review No.55. Arran 10 Year Old

This single malt comes from the island of Arran. In terms of regions this sits in the Islands category which is geographically quite spread and I have never really been able to describe the characteristics that a typical Island whisky has to offer.  They don’t all have strong peat flavours and I have not come across a sherry bomb.  Maybe highland (floral) with coastal influence is the best that I can describe Island whiskies, based on the entry level bottles I have tried from each distillery across the region.


Whisky: Arran 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46% vol.

Nose: Coastal salt, tropical fruit salad, citrus, grass, vanilla, malt

Taste: Biscuits, malts, mango, banana, honey, citrus, vanilla

Finish:  Malt, coastal salt

Score: 3.5

Summary: I find this to be a very intriguing single malt. There is mix of coastal and tropical fruit/citrus characteristics which I really enjoyed. This results in a sweet and savoury experience and the dry finish reminds me of a drinking a dry white wine.  I am not sure if the salty coastal notes comes from peat or if the barrels are stored near the sea.  Overall, for an entry level single malt in the Arran range I think this is of high quality, there is something delicate about it and a certain degree of complexity and at the price point (£35 at time of publishing) this represents great value for money.  I will be seeking out more from their range.


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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