This week's review focuses on a rather interesting offering from the Isle of Arran distillery. The reason why it is interesting? It's peated!
While Arran is famous for producing a malty and citrusy whisky with a variety of different limited edition cask finishes, in recent years they have been experimenting with peated spirit production.
This experiment has culminated in the Machrie Moor range of NAS releases which are made up of a standard batch release bottled at 46% abv as well as a cask strength batch release which showcases a variety of alcohol strengths.
This week's review focuses on the former option and the whisky in question is the Arran Machrie Moor 6th Edition. This expression has a phenol specification of 20ppm in the barley and derives its name from the peat bog on the western part of the island.
As we have previously delved into the history of the distillery, we will not do so again and more information can be found here: Isle of Arran distillery
So, let's dive right into the review!
Arran Machrie Moor 6th Edition (46% abv)
Colour: Bright gold
Nose: Initial entry presents clean, earthy peat followed by an undercurrent of the familiar malt and citrus note that one would generally associate with Arran distillery. Oddly enough, the peat seems to rest above the sweet malt and citrus layer without being fully integrated, although it is not to the detriment of the spirit.
Cinnamon, wine gums, oak and camphor emerge after some time and complement the slight coastal salinity of this dram.
Palate: Initial entry presents a more pronounced peat note along with the malt and citrus hints, followed by drying oak, cinnamon, creosote and coal dust. Mint and sage emerge after some time and complement the other elements quite nicely.
Finish: Short to medium on the finish, with the gentle peat, cinnamon and drying oak being the most dominant notes while vestigial traces of malt and citrus linger in the background.
Balance: A fairly well-balanced dram which showcases both the peated side as well as the distillery style side of the agenda without seeming ungainly. Something that lovers of the distillery style should definitely sample in order to experience a different interpretation of it.
This expression of Arran is available for purchase by the bottle or the dram for in-bar consumption or by the bottle for retail/takeaway purposes. Please approach our friendly staff and they will be more than happy to assist you with your queries.
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