Review: The Arran Aged 10 Years Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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10 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Arran (Lochranza, Scotland)

This, in my view, should be a staple of single malt drinkers. Solid quality, and a great price, and a great ABV for the whisky. It’s been a winner at multiple tastings of mine.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L 09 10 18 3 10:14 BB

  • Bottling Date: 2018

Lots of orchard fruit, orange peel, and cinnamon on the buttery nose, also a nice sharp grainy character and very light smoke and oak. With time, there is some really nice dried tropical fruits that come forth – and it takes water very well. Quite pleasant, with a few surprises hidden within– like dried mint! Nice maltiness and a nice touch of earthiness. The palate brings out more of that tropical fruit, black tea, and a nice herbal quality to it and nice spices to finish. And, notably, some fresh ginger – I don’t find that often. Quite grassy, too, with a drying finish. Really quite a lovely, well-rounded dram. The 46% is terrific, too.

A very pleasant surprise!

Ido like my Glenmorangie 10 for my “cheap” scotch – but this one offers a great whisky for 28% less of the price (in Canada, that is). And, it’s a bit more dynamic. This might have to become my “casual”
single malt

Highly Recommended (50% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High. A rare Scotch that makes it into the „high” value category! A staple in my home.