Country Scotch Whisky
Region Island Whisky
Distillery/Brand Arran
Style Single Malt Whisky

Arran Port Cask Finish

Rich and full bodied, Arran seems to suit red wine, and this Port Cask finish is testament to that. Great maturity and at 50% for additional complexity. This expression was released in 2010.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose Crème caramel and berry fruits, hints of raspberry jam, damsons, peppermint and barley.

Palate Creamy palate with notes of ginger, black pepper, berry fruits and cocoa.

Finish Warming with notes of pastries, gingernuts, redcurrant jelly and spice.

Allergy information

This product does not contain any notifiable allergens
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Reviews for Arran Port Cask Finish
Excellent port cask
Definitely one of my favourites.
Keith L , United Kingdom
7 months ago
I can only say 10/10
If you like port cask you will love this Arran bottling, myself I love it the way it comes with no water or ice but a little ice or water will soften the taste and bring out the sweetness, after you have finished your dram give the glass a good nosing and all that lovely port and whisky will fill your taste buds.
Master of Malt Customer
one year ago
Good stuff!
I'm not a big fan of NAS whisky's in general, but at least there's some information on the maturation on the website (8 years + finish). On the bottle it says natural colour and non-chill filtered, although there isn't much "Scotch Mist" to be seen when you add water, so probably still some mechanical filtering. going on.

The nose is fruity (cherries, some vague cinnamon notes) and a bit sharp because the high ABV, but give it some time and/or water and it'll mellow down.

The cherries are also present on the palate, along with some savoury notes (neat) and some creamyness (with a generous splash of water) and a slight onset of milk chocolate.

The milk chocolate really comes to the fore on the finish. Reminds me of a brand we (used to?) have in the Netherlands (Koetjesrepen!). Cherries remain in the nose on the background.

Not a very complex whisky, but a good one, at a fair price for the quality, bottled as it should be!
Malty m , Netherlands
2 years ago
Not for me
I was expecting so much more.
L J S , United Kingdom
2 years ago
Not bad. Not great Either . But nevertheless a decent dram if you pair with a bit of dark chocolate.
I had high hopes. On irst tasting my Hope's were a bit dashed .
First impression was a very "thin" spirit that had not much going for it st all .
However ..
I've sat with it and shared alongside every sip o my dram a wee bit of dark chocolate. Now were talking .
It starts talking to you then.
Good luck and remember your dark chocolate along with your dram .
MR SEAN S , United Kingdom
3 years ago
I really dislike this dram. Its so harsh - get a different port cask or different arran.
Master of Malt Customer
3 years ago
I like It!!
Its superb....thin I dont get. It certainly has a bit of alcohol burn . To the cynics try putting a drop of water in and let it sit in the glass for 20m or so it softens out beautifully! . Becoming oily and very rich.
Master of Malt Customer
3 years ago
Not good at all
Not good at all - very harsh, not sweet, watery.
Aryan S , United Kingdom
3 years ago
Harsh, not sweet, spirit dominates
Really disappointed as I love a port finish. Very harsh, needs a good bit of water, sour grapefruit is the main note for me. Ok for the money and thirty euros like the guy below mentioned is ok, but £46?
Aryan S , United Kingdom
4 years ago
A nuanced port finish
Aroma of vanilla and oak. In the mouth initially the citrussy (grapefruit yes, why not) and peppery character of the young spirit presents itself followed by waves of oakiness, red fruit and citrus, with pepper persisting throughout. Very distinct red berry note in the finish.

I wouldn't call this thin by any means. The port is very well integrated into the malt. The Arran character and the 8 years of virgin oak barrel aging really claim a prominent place, while the port influence is more nuanced.

Complex for it's age. I've had many lesser malts that were 12 years of age. I managed to pick this up for €30,- but wouldn't have complained if I'd paid double.

Master of Malt Customer
4 years ago