It’s still one of the hidden Whisky gems of the Scottish islands.
Harold Currie was a senior director at Chivas. He somehow got it in his head that he could do better. Harold was also a fan of the Isle of Arran — an island in the middle of the Firth of Clyde which had at one time been home to at least fifty illegal distilleries. So he saved his pennies, took on a few investors, and broke ground on his dream in 1994. But two golden eagles built a nest on site and construction had to be stopped until the chicks were fully fledged. Solid move, right? Today, they produce a tidy range of Single Malt offerings, limited editions, special blends, and a Scottish cream Liqueur.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again… Isle of Arranis one of those "Whiskey-insider" secrets. But if you are new to their Whiskies, it’s understandable that when you see the word "Isle" in the distillery name you think that this is a peaty dram. It’s not. There’s nary a trace of smoke or peat. Instead, the entire Arran line is smooth and fruit-forward in an almost Highland style.Arran 10 Year Old Whisky is their core offering — medium-bodied, filled with notes of citrus zest, and bottled without chill-filtering at an absolutely perfect 46% ABV.
I first tried Arran 10 around 8 years ago, and Arran malt continues to go from strength to strength - it's rich, sweet, and deep. Plus, at 46% you get a decent hit of spirit. I reckon it's the best whisky you can buy at this age and price point!
This was a very interesting dram! Nose started out quite fruity - red berries, jam, baking spices, sugar dusted orange, and maybe even a hint of a molasses-like scent to me. But over time...the fruit faded and a little oak and honey came out. Very nice. Taste made it even more intriguing cause I got no fruit at all. But what I did get was a nicely balanced mix of light iodine and smoke, oak, butter, slight salt, and plenty of bitter cocoa/chocolate over time. None of this was mindblowing but did find it to be quite unique and very enjoyable. Would def have again. 7.5 stars
Very subtle flavours and extremely smooth. Some smokiness on the finish but is almost undetectable. Reminded me of Glenkinchie 12 year old with the addition of the smoke.
Ordered this, excited to have it after hearing many good things, accidentally received the previous version of the Arran 10, which by all accounts is not as good. That being said, it was delicious, and I got a solid malt nonetheless., So take this review with the grain of salt that it's technically a previous iteration.
Definite fruit notes on the arrival, could have done with a bit more sweet on the arrival, but the spice is a welcome counterpoint to the fruitiness. Didn't last as long as it could, but if anything this was in the way that made you drink to quickly, rather than being a disappointment. Very similar to Balvenie or Glenalachie, and that's high praise for the sweet end of scotch. Complex enough to keep one interested, but simple enough to be a conversation whiskey. It's not Clynellish or Kilchoman, it won't hijack your moment, but it's a very pleasant companion, and there's certainly many whiskeys, even good one's, not this initimably drinkable. Just pretty, but not bland. Perhaps not as interesting as it could be, but a wonderful experience, perfect for a day you want a whiskey to compliment, rather than an event built around the whisky. It's a quiet sort of love you'll fall into, but love it is. Truly delicious.
This was very tasty. I can taste the fruitiness then a tiny bit of smoke and the spice. I enjoyed it.
Smooth and sweet. Spicy finish, very pleasant.
It has a bite to it, much closer to what a novice Scotch drinker to think Scotch is supposed to be. Very good overall.
Quite good but not for me. I’m sure the issue is with my taste buds but struggled to find the depth that other’s have.
Smooth with a slight bite at the finish
Enjoyed this one - has a zesty, somewhat smoky, slightly sweet - just a tad more bite than super easy going. I can enjoy this one anytime.
This is a great bottle to try when you are first exploring Scotch. The light color is indicative of a younger Scotch that finishes smooth but still provides the full flavor.
It is an outstanding, balanced, Single Malt Scotch Whisky that has a fresh & fruity birth; while a rich & malty life leads to a slightly bitter & spicy death of medium length with notes of smoke, citron & malt.
Smells of sweet citrus. Tastes of vanilla then spice then honey and fruit. In that order. I don’t know if I would go out of may way for it or even pick it up if I saw it in a bottle shop but I wouldn’t turn it down if it were offered.
Nothing special, but pretty good nonetheless
Tated nice. Liked the sweet flavour.
its not bad but I would not buy again
This is a fantastic Whisky!! Smooth, easy to drink, with just a hint of smoke. I'm looking for the 12 and 15 year vintages to try now. This will definitely be in the bar from now on!
Definitely taste some citrus and a sweeter profile, smoother with a little water. I like it.
Very nice flavor
Very surprising and easy to drink. It has a nice uniqueness and smoothness that is enjoyable and is way beyond its 10year age. Will order again
This is a wonderful whiskey. I have tried several scotches and this is the best so far for me. Smooth taste, good start and nice finish.
I enjoyed this the most of the tasting box- but still not really a favorite
Solid. Easy drinking
Fruit and vanilla nose. Spice from the middle of the tongue to the back of the throat. Syrup honey on the tip of the tongue. Citrus notes. Bitter finish.
Definitely fruity. That's all I got, banana came of strong and for some reason I thought of rum when I tasted this. I will be mixing this into something to finish the sample.
delicious...cute girls like it too
Served neat was too spicy for my pallet. Poured over a cube really opened up the flavor profile. Very enjoyable hints of vanilla but not with sweetness and a hint of leather.
Very smooth, fine Whisky.
A perfect base for finishing. :)
Very smooth! No bite with slight hints of caramel at the end. Cant wait to get the 12yo
That was interesting
Great flavor. Smooth light taste
Nice flavor. You can taste the fruit and it goes down easy. I'll give this one another go.
Rich, buttery, if I can use that term with Scotch. This is one of my most favorite non-peated & non-cask finished Scotches ever. It's not too bold, not too smooth, but for my tastes this is about perfect.
Wonderful fruity aroma on initial nosing. A combination of fruit and spice with a slight burn. Ending is pleasant but short lived. May have more flavors if aged a bit more. A bit more enjoyable with a bit of dark chocolate between tastes.
Very young. I think a few more years of aging to greatly increase the body and complexity.
Pleasantly surprised by this one. Great aroma. Sweet flavor. Would happily drink this again.
nice clean, and smooth , very nice for a young scotch.
Nice lighter scotch. A little sweet, but could work as a desert scotch if you are feeling a sweet tooth.
Unique. Fruity but not sweet. Has a nice spicy tingle on the front of the tongue.
Spicy yet fruity or kind of sweet
Sweet with a burn on the tip of the tongue to finish. Warm
This scotch was really terrific. Light and (I thought, but the flavor spiral didn't support) sweet on the nose and very, very smooth to drink. The flavors were complex but not overpowering. I want to order a bottle but Flaviar isn't stocking it! Why put it in a sampler if I can't order it??!
Great nose. Loved the smooth almost sweet taste. Will buy this one.
Nice burn. A little nutty hint which made for a unique flavoring
I loved this. It was very satisfying and smooth. I will have to get more for sure. The flavor was rich and fruity. This is a must for a home bar.... but don’t share with your friends 😁
What the citrus and the honey bring the harshness drowns out. Its almost as if it is too young. Not worth a bottle.
Flavor almost too subtle, not sure I have a handle on this with just one dram. Found it more spicy than sweet.
At first the bouquet so far outpaced the taste, but at the third sip the flavors opened up and were almost as interesting. The finish was best on the first sip, but as I started to get all the early flavors in later tastes, the finish started to disappoint.
Light pale color. Sweet citrus nose with some sandalwood and maple. It’s sweet on the palate with just a little spice. I’m not a huge fan of this.
It was a bit harsh neat. I added a few drops of water and that helped a lot. It was fine, but not fantastic.
Sweet with a little citrus zest.
Very sweet and enjoyable
A pleasant tasting malt, but lacking something to make it outstanding. Good everyday dram which does not leave a morning after headache.
Lightly sweet with a little spice. Nice clean finish but does not linger very long.
I found it extremely rough, hard to drink neat
The burn hits you in the face takes away from flavour
Smooth and sweet
I really enjoyed this single malt. I'm a huge fan of spicy food, so the spicy sweet notes in this whiskey hit the spot. Even though the spiciness is not too bold, you will definitely notice it. If you don't like spiciness at all, this drink is not for you.
The spiciness hits first with the sweet apple, then you're left tingling as the single malt takes full affect. Not an everyday drink, but enjoyable for weekends or an especially relaxing night.