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Arran Port Cask Finish

(70cl, 50%)

Arran Port Cask Finish
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Arran Port Cask Finish Bottling Note

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.

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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.

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Arran Port Cask Finish Reviews

Master of Malt Customer
30th January 2023
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.
Malty m, Netherlands
27th August 2021
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!
L J S, United Kingdom
13th August 2021
Not for me
I was expecting so much more.
MR SEAN S, United Kingdom
10th November 2020
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 .
Master of Malt Customer
28th September 2020
I really dislike this dram. Its so harsh - get a different port cask or different arran.
Master of Malt Customer
16th September 2020
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.
Aryan S, United Kingdom
6th August 2020
Not good at all
Not good at all - very harsh, not sweet, watery.
Aryan S, United Kingdom
17th February 2020
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?
Master of Malt Customer
17th December 2019
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.

John D, Australia
8th June 2017
If you like smooth, sweet port cask finished whiskys it's hard to think of a better one
Brilliant. Luscious. Velvety.
Intrigued by some of the other reviews!!

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