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Arran "Machrie Moor" Cask Strength Peated Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1235554

The folks at Arran, which has been independently owned since its inception in 1995, have been quietly making some of the very best island-distilled whisky in Scotland for 25 years. Their water source is 100% rainwater coming from Loch Na Davie, high above the distillery. The clean water, combined with 100% concerto malt and a careful distillation, is the essence of Arran — it's fresh, barley-forward, and shows flavors heavy with citrus, stone fruit, and vanilla pudding. They never color or chill filter any of their whiskies, choosing instead to retain all of the natural beauty they worked so hard to capture. The Machrie Moor, named for a distinct peat bog on the west coast of the island, features a fresh blast of peat that perfectly matches the amazing freshness of the Lochranza distillate. Since 2019 all of the peated production on the Isle of Arran has moved to the new Lagg distillery on the south side of the island. This is the last chance to sock away a few bottles of the cask strength Lochranza peated whisky before it’s gone forever.


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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2020 | Send Email
This fun whisky from Arran is now more or less extinct, at least in this package. We are forever in search of a great malt that can properly described as "somewhat peaty." Despite what many might believe, there are very few in-between malts. Almost everything that's readily available is either 30+ parts or zero. Yes, there are a few exceptions: Oban, Balvenie, Dalwhinnie...But, in general, these don't really cross the threshold to really feel the peat in a big way (Oban is probably the closest). There's of course a few exceptions, but the options are extremely limited. So when we came across the Machrie Moor at a very reasonable 20 ppm, we were intrigued. Now add that this small batch is not colored, and bottled at cask strength, and that's a recipe for something special. The color is pale gold. The nose is extremely focused, with an obvious ocean quality, but not the Laphroiag slap that some peat lovers might be craving. Instead, the smoke is lingering in the background with salinity and crystalline malt coming through. Clean and gentle, yet not boring by any means. On the palate some smoldering peat and some green earthiness. Green apple skin, crushed oyster shell, and bits of citrus. This is NOT a lightly peated whisky, but it's a balanced medium peater, which is really very rare in our world. Bottled at cask strength, it's delicious, but this guy loves water too, so don't be afraid to hit it with a few satisfying splashes of water. It develops some interesting character at the slightly lower proofs, offering more citrus, more fruit, and a bit of the salted fish character that we all love so well.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2020 | Send Email
The color of dried straw and with a nose of smoldering peat, the cask strength Machrie Moor gives us a brief glimpse into what we might expect from the Lagg distillery in a number of years, albeit on a different set of stills. Rather than being very heavily peated, the Machrie Moor clocks in at 20PPM peat levels, just enough to shine against the light and fruity background of Arran without overwhelming it. It's really a perfect summertime peater. Fresh and salty with tons of sweet citrus. Dusted in cocoa powder and redolent with caramelized almonds. The peat hangs like the air after a campfire is put out — warm and heavy.

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