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13 Nov 2013

Arran 1996 (Jan Vissers Private Cask)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Arran

Jan Vissers - Arran ambassadorJan Vissers is the owner of The Single Malt Whisky Shop in Zammel (Belgium) and a proud ambassador for the Arran distillery.

For Jan’s 35th birthday, distillery manager James MacTaggart selected a 16 years old cask that was released as a Private Cask bottling. It’s clearly from a sherry hogshead and probably the darkest Arran so far.

 

 

 

Arran 1996 - Private Cask Jan VissersArran 16 yo 1996
(55,7%, OB Private Cask for Jan Vissers 2013, oloroso sherry hogshead, 174 btl.)

Nose: nicely aromatic, with a wide array of sherry aromas. Juicy cherries (hints of Ginjinha), Christmas pears in wine, redcurrants, red plums. Almond cream and a soft caramel note. Growing spicy over time – Christmas spices indeed. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger. Light floral notes and oak polish. Milk chocolate and Café Noir biscuits. Whiffs of cedar oak and mint as well. Very sherried, in a superbly clean way. Mouth: again highly influenced by the sherry. Raisins, muscovado sugar, chocolate and dried fruits, followed by spices again (cloves, pepper). A dry edge of strong black tea, as well as some tobacco leaves. Finish: long, mostly on liquorice, dark chocolate and walnut hints.

Very punchy, flavoursome Arran, with the sherry in the lead. This profile usually comes with a higher age and a higher price. My best Arran so far. Around € 75 – sold out.

Score: 89/100

Arran 1996 (Jan Vissers Private Cask) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-11-13

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  • Tony: Well the 1401 batch 8 could be found easily in most places for £200 - indeed I got one for £180 with a discount. The £225 price was a bit high and
  • WhiskyNotes: Don't just look at the UK - it's not always representative for the rest of the world. The last 1401 for Europe was batch 8. I bought that one for €
  • Sam: Nicely written notes, not rated this myself yet. Just to confirm, it's nowhere near a 40% price rise though. The last 1401 released in the UK was at

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