The owners of Arran Distillery are no strangers to experiments; they love to play with different types of wood as well as with various types of malt. Machrie Moor is a peated version of Arran whisky distilled from malted barley of phenols’ content of 20 ppm. It is inspired by the tale about the warrior giant Fingal who chained his favorite dog Bran to a Bronze Age stone called Fingal’s Cauldron Seat in a mystical peat bog called Machrie Moor located on the west coast of the Isle of Arran. Arran Machrie Moor was introduced in 2010 with cask strength edition following four years later. The 4th cask strength release comprises whisky aged in ex-bourbon barrels and bottled at 58.1% abv in October 2017 with an outrun of 10,500 bottles.
Nose: fresh and citrusy, pineapples, oranges, bananas, coconut shavings, vanilla, toffee, sea breeze and fading hint of smoke.
Palate: apples, oranges, bananas, honey, vanilla, sweet pastries, hints of white pepper and cinnamon and nicely integrated peaty notes.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of vanilla, toffee, ripe apples, pinch of salt and a whiff of smoke.