Islands Single Malt 12 Years and Under - 2014
World Whiskies Awards
Distillers' Single Malts 12 years and under - 2014
International Spirits Challenge
Nose: Herbal, biscuity, hedgerow greenness and dried grass, like a long English summer's afternoon.
Palate: Sweet. Quite malty, digestive biscuits, followed by green fruits and Cox's apple peel.
Finish: Slightly bitter, maltiness.
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From a neat pour there's not too much on the nose. Some tart green apples, green grass, salt, and a fresh baked yeast roll with butter and honey. The palate is sweet and oily with a continuation of the green apple notes. The finish is quick and somewhat dry, however I found it quite enjoyable overall. At first the aftertaste is somewhat 'sterile' and tart, but that quickly goes away with continued enjoyment. Wonderful little dram!
22nd February 2015
This malt is impressive in its relative complexity for its age. The nose is busy, spicy, honey, green apples, slight cinnamon. Taste wise, a bit more simple than the nose. Butterscotch, apples, the barley comes through. With an explicit mention of age, no color added, no chill filtration, 46% ABV, a true craft whisky.
22nd January 2015
First off this is of exeptional value! ! Wait and see aran malt jump in price once they get more established. Fruity nose kinda reminds me of a glenlivet but less... generic. This is a 10 year old so dont expect great complexity but this one is rather vibrant for a 10 year old! Gotta love the fact that there are no artificial colors and that it is un chillfiltered.. thus is where all scotch companys should invest in!! Support the small giys not the mega distilleries. . These guys are doing it the right way!
16th December 2014
Am not a big fan of Isle whiskeys. Gave Arran a chance and was pleasantly supprized. Not to smokey but does leave a taste. Very Nice. No match to the stronger peaty whiskeys like Ardbeg and the likes but a nice soft drop.
14th November 2014
I find to to be quite spicy in a way, although in a good way. Spicy, a kick in the mouth, and lingering sweet taste after you swallow it. Definitely has that malt taste, and quite an enjoyable smell. Not really an expert, but I enjoy this whisky.
2nd November 2014
Its really good, I totally recommend it, I'm no expert but I do enjoy whisky and in that field I can say this is a very nice whisky for the price.
3rd October 2014
My favorite whiskey so far. I prefer to drink it with "lots" of water.:) The taste is then mild and round.
27th September 2014
The best 10-year whisky in my opinion. Light nose, but great taste. A "must taste"
7th June 2014
Like this a lot, light color, nose does not tell all, vanilla dry light honest whisky from a beutiful island, will always come back to this 10 year old, well done Arran!
21st September 2013
Could sense that this could be good with a few more years in the cask as the whisky was well balanced, but a little rough around the edges, and a little on the 'spirity' side. Perhaps the 12 or 14 year old might be more to my liking
24th May 2012
I like this whiskey a lot, delicate, and aromatic. I can see why another reviewer gave it low marks and said 'it doesn't have much to it' - because it is very soft and light. I love it for contrast. It is a whiskey I will start an evening with, a long time before I hit the peated Islay malts!
10th December 2011
I love this whisky. Very aromatic with lots of grape on the nose. The flavour is rich and malty with fruit and licorice. A bit sharp, perhaps, but excellent overall.
3rd September 2011
7th July 2011
Sorry forgot to rate it
17th September 2010
Sweet character full character with what I can only say is an "ultra dry finish" definately a love it or hate it thing. I like variety and this one is interestingly different yet not overly so. Think "dry" Glengoyne or Aberlour.
It might be to some people's taste, but it's not for me. It doesn't have much to it but doesn't seem to cope with the "alcohol" very well, in a sort of mouthwash-type way. There are better malts out there for the same money
7th March 2010