Since 2004, Arran have produced a batch of peated malt whisky at the same time every year. It was first released in limited edition batches under the brand name Machrie Moor which is the name of the peat moor on the west coast of Arran. The barley is malted to a level of 20 ppm (phenol parts per million) to ensure that the Arran character is not lost amidst a sea of peat-smoke. Bottled at 46% abv without chill filtration, the end result is a wonderful balanced dram with sweet-fruit at the front of the palate followed by lingering peat on the finish. Delicious and warming, like the embers of a bonfire.
Nose: Subtle and elusive initially. Hints of fudge, coconut & spice with a teasing touch of the glorious peat reek to follow.
Palate: Classic Arran at first with notes of citrus, orchard fruits and cardamom spice mingling in a rich melting pot. At the back of the palate peat smoke finally emerges to whip up a storm.
Finish: The peat reek takes centre stage leaving a rich, warming glow like the burning embers of a bonfire. Master Distiller James MacTaggart has skill-fully combined all of the elements at work to create a harmonious .
ABV 46% | 700ml