Review: Arran Machrie Moor Peated Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

100% Malted Barley
Distiller Arran (Lochranza, Scotland)

Arran is a relatively recent distillery, built in 1995 on the Isle of Arran. They make a wide variety of single malts, including countless finished whiskies it seems - likely to try to get more of their relatively young whisky to market to compete with other brands. Machrie Moor represents Arrans peated malt, and this is the cask strength version, released in limited batches.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: Second Edition

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date:

Lots of floral notes, almost like a floral white wine. Young whisky, this. Not a whole lot of smoke on the nose. Some sweet confectionary notes- like a candy store and wedding cake. Under-ripe pear. Oak is present on the nose – but as a blanket – it still smells quite young.

The palate has some nice vegetal peat to it – but quite light when diluted to 46%. The palate is sweet, with light floral notes, some vegetal notes, and peppery, dense peat – but not a lot of smoke. The finish has some nice drying spice, dried apricot, white grape, and still a bit of a floral and confectionary character. A bit sweet and young for me.

Value: Low, at $114. I’m not much of a fan of this one, so…