Arran x4 Tasting 2/9/21

arran tasting x 4
arran single malt

These are my tasting notes and thoughts for 4 Arran whiskies:

  • 10Yr old Arranach handfill Chateau d’issan Margaux 58% ABV.
  • 15yr old (Old malt casks) 50% ABV.
  • The Sherry cask finish 46% ABV.
  • Port cask finish 50% ABV.

10yr old Arranach Chateau d’issan Margaux hand-fill 58% ABV

arran arranach hand-fill



There’s lots of wood here, with perfume, ABV is very evident. Cranberries, a little foresty, black cherries, pastries are starting to come through. #thewhiskeychaps

Rose water, more wood, conifer/juniper, it’s also slightly vegetal for me. Fruits are here but they are taking their time to really come through. I’m also going to say blackberries, perhaps some tropical fruits, definitely becoming jammy. #thewhiskeychaps


Ohhhh warming and spicy, nose didn’t give that at all. Lemon sherbet sweets, white pepper, green grapes, then raisins, Victoria plums, Dr Pepper, ginger nut biscuits, cinnamon and cardamom. #thewhiskeychaps


Long side of medium in length, lots of cherry, char, light tannins, black coffee, anise, ginger root, grapefruit, blackberry pie with vanilla custard. The drying glass is full of sweetness, sweeter than it did with whisky in it. #thewhiskeychaps

My thoughts

I really enjoyed trying this hand-fill, my first Arran hand-fill in all honesty, and what a belter of a dram. It has loads on the palate, plenty of spice, lovely and warming with lots of depth, i’m so pleased that iv’e tried it. A dram i’d like to have had a bottle of to be honest.

Notes – This whisky is natural in colour, non chill filtered and cask strength.

15yr old (Old malt casks) 50% ABV.

arran 15yr old malt casks 50% ABV.


Darker gold again, nice thick swirl line and slow thick legs. #thewhiskeychaps


Balsa wood, cherries again, dusty, lemons, icing sugar, there is a fruit sweetness that I don’t recognise atm. #thewhiskeychaps

Pastry is coming through on this one too, and vegetal also. #thewhiskeychaps


Again nice and spicy, not quite as bold as the hand-fill still nicely warming. Jamaican ginger cake, blood oranges, prunes, vanilla crown pastries, becoming spicier with time too. #thewhiskeychaps

Dark chocolate, dates, black liquorice too. #thewhiskeychaps


Very woody, chocolate, cranberries and a drying, grapefruit again, I’m detecting a theme here.

My thoughts

Another cracking drop of Arran whisky here. Bold, spicy, and bringing pastry notes with it on the palate, yes i love this bottling, and would have a bottle.

Notes – This whisky is natural coloured and non chill filtered.

The Sherry cask 46% ABV.

arran the sherry cask finish


@Arranwhisky sherry cask finish A – More of a mid gold in colour, with slowly forming teardrops and several thick legs. #thewhiskeychaps


@Arranwhisky Sherry cask finish N – The colour is quite light, the nose has more influence than I expected tbh. Linseed oil, damp leaf litter, vegetal, seared pineapple chunks, foresty again for me. #thewhiskeychaps

I’m getting almost an overall speyside feel to this, time is bringing more Sherry notes but it’s no Sherry bomb. This is dusty too, wood treatments for me. #thewhiskeychaps


Gently spicy, it shows that it’s a finish, after all it is. It does become spicier with time, dark fruits are here, mince pie filling, with cardamom, icing sugar, tobacco leaves, black pepper, and grapefruit again. #thewhiskeychaps


@arran whisky Sherry cask finish F – Quite long, still warming, cherry Bakewells, interestingly some bitter lemon now, espresso, dates, raisins, pontefract cakes, liquorice. #thewhiskeychaps

The last drops offer cigar leaves, and a sweetness, like blackberries, citric and sweet. #thewhiskeychaps

My thoughts

I found this to be a more subtle dram in regards to overall character. It is a nice dram there is no doubt, and i would have been interested in buying one back in the day, price would have decided it for me.

Notes – This whisky was finished in Ex Oloroso cask, is natural colour and is non chill filtered.

Port cask 50% ABV

arran port cask finish


Mid ish gold with a slightly red hue, the swirl line beads up immediately, and again nice thick legs. #thewhiskeychaps


Noses higher than 50% ABV for me, this one comes across as a bit of a dirty dram. Toasted tea cakes, a tinge of cap gun caps, plenty of wood, fields of dry grass, pine needles. #thewhiskeychaps

Cereals and grains, not much in the way of fruits atm. Oily, linseed oil, new cricket bats, cigar leaves, dusty and leaning towards leather. #thewhiskeychaps


Lots of cask influence, and red berries are here, red apple skins, nice mouthfeel and quite spicy. Black grapes, cranberries again, quite creamy. Warmingly spicy, ginger root, dandelion and burdock. #thewhiskeychaps

Definitely becoming spicier, leaning towards chest warming, and fisherman’s friends. #thewhiskeychaps


Lots of darker fruits with re apple skin, lovely and warming still, and quite long in length too. A very nice dram tbh. #thewhiskeychaps

My thoughts

We both really enjoyed this dram, we both found it the best balanced of the 4, the ABV is perfect. Overall the flavour profile was the best in our opinion, and i need to do deeper individual tasting notes for each. I’d definitely have a bottle of this one.

Notes – This whisky is natural in colour and is non chill filtered.

Overall tasting thoughts

We decided to vertical taste these, including an indie bottling and a hand-fill, to get a broader view of Arran whisky, as we haven’t tried many, and they are rather good. We should do another vertical tasting of their core range too, a tasting for the future i think.

Thanks to – Derek Mather from the Artisan modern Scottish restaurant in Wishaw for getting these samples to us, their website is available here.

Image credits go to Whiskybase, Masters of Malt and The Whisky Exchange.

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