Arran 6 Years Old Oloroso Sherry Octave Finish

Arran 6 Years Old Oloroso Sherry Octave Finish – The Octave Project

  • Category: Island single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Arran distillery
  • Bottling: A. D. Rattray, The Octave Project
  • ABV: 57%
  • Cost: £25 for 5 x 3cl


What they say

For this experiment we chose a single Bourbon Barrel from Arran Distillery and divided the matured whisky from inside it between four different Octave casks, retaining one portion of the original whisky for comparison.

Taste the results of our Octave Project with this set of 5x 3cl Little Drams, including a sample from the original Bourbon Barrel and samples from the 4 Octave finishes a PX Sherry, Oloroso Sherry, Rioja and Rum.

Octave project

What I say

Thanks to A.D. Rattray for sending me this Arran octave project set to review.

Composed of 5 x 3cl drams, distilled at Arran and matured in an ex-Bourbon barrel for a minimum of 6 years, before cask finishing in 4x different ‘seasoned’ Octave casks.

This sample was finished in an Oloroso-sherry seasoned Octave.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Copper bronze (10/20). Slow fine tears, fine legs.
  • Nose: Sweet, strawberries and cream, butter candies, cherry cola, cremola foam, barley malt, vanilla cream.
  • Taste: Thin and light-bodied, warming, jammy fruits with some spirit and cinnamon spice added, woody tannins and perhaps a little ‘burnt’ or over-caramelised sugars – though not bitter, red fruits and berries, raisins and cola cube sweeties.
  • Finish: Medium-long, fruity, cherry cola and oak wood.


A great nose on this one, very smooth on the palate with plenty of mouth-watering fruit jam. sadly still a little too thin although some malty barley makes an appearance, a little warming with some reflux on this one.

Score 73/100

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