Arran has never really been high on my list of whiskies to try. It was never really my thing. But for a year or so I have started to appreciate their whisky more and more. However, I must admit that I still haven’t bought any bottle from Arran yet. But luckily there are a few people who occasionally pass me a sample of Arran so I still get to explore the brand a bit anyway.

One of those people is my dad, a big fan of Arran, who tries to persuade me again and again by pouring me an Arran when I visit him or he gives me a sample of his latest Arran purchase to taste it at home. His last attempt was this Quarter Cask. And now there was Rudi a.k.a. Dramtastic.86 on Intstagram, who gave me a sample of this Arran 1999 from Gordon & MacPhail last week, adding the words: “you really should try this one!” Well, then we will! 😉

This Arran has matured in refill bourbon barrels for 19 years and is bottled at 46% ABV.

Arran 1999 tasting notes:

Nose: plenty of pears and red apples. Vanilla too. A hint of freshly cut grass. Lemons and later also green bananas.

Taste: vanilla. Unripe pears and gooseberries. Nectarines. Marzipan. Mint and anise seed towards the end. A pinch of white pepper but very faint.

Finish: mid-long with a hint of white pepper, vanilla and pears again.

I don’t think it’s your typical Arran, but I find it rather tasty and very nicely balanced. It’s not a difficult dram, but more like a very enjoyable easy sipper with really good flavours.

Many thanks to Rudi for the sample!