1996 Arran 20 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) SKU #1286853

$89.99

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Tasting Notes

Arran has been one of our favorite independent producers at K&L for some time with its versatile line-up of Island malts with a bit more Highland character. While the standard Arran editions can vary from sweet sherry to subtle peat, this 20 year single barrel from our Old Particular label is classic Scotch through and through. The key components in the flavor profile are vanilla, sweet barley, soft stone fruit, and just a little bit of salt. Fans of balanced, complex, and easy to drink mature malts are going to fall on their faces for this whisky. It's round on the palate, but the 52.7% ABV adds an extra lift with hints of oak spice and a flurry of sweetness on the finish. It's another classic Scotch for a fantastic price due to our relationship abroad and the current advantage in the dollar to pound ratio.

Staff Reviews

  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    3/12/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    I love whiskey from Scotland all throughout the year, however on a warm day I find myself drifting toward lighter less peaty variations of the booze I love. Fortunately for me, and those like me, we have a new Old Particular here to help with these cravings. This 20 year old bottling of Arran smells like milk chocolate and summer hay, with a little vanilla thrown in for good measure. On the palate there is a wonderful mix of salty green apple, malts, and a touch of vanilla and spice. The salty note lingers on the finish with baking spice and some heat that definitely go the distance. Another killer cask from our friends at Old Particular.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    3/10/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    This is for those who want a rich and mouth-filling single malt. It is big, creamy and fruity with plenty of malt flavors. There are undertones of island influence with a kiss of salt. Even with all of the juicy richness there is a nice dry finish. This Arran does not have a smoky and peaty profile.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    3/8/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Arran has captured the hearts of whisky fans everywhere who DON'T want intense, overproofed, or heavily-polarized expressions. For people who want their Scotch to taste like Scotch (just really, really good Scotch), Arran has become a ballast in a sea of saturation. The classic flavors of vanilla from the oak and sweet malt from the whisky itself are mellowed perfectly from two decades of maturity in cask. The extra proof adds a little zip at the back, but this is an utterly drinkable whisky. It begs you for more after each sip is finished.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    3/8/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    This has bright fruity aromas on the nose like green apple and orange zest, which slides into a richer profile on the palate: crème brulée, vanilla, and clove. I have never had an Arran I did not love, and this 20-year-old is hitting all the right notes. It makes for an utterly satisfying Scotch whisky drink!

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