I had the opportunity to meet Arran several times. 10 year old version is described on the blog. Arran previously was known as unpeated whisky, although recently the situation begins to change. I had tried my first peated Arran at the Tokyo International Bar Show & Whisky Live 2013, it was a 7 year old single cask. Today another peated version – Machrie Moor. As at the Arran’s: natural colour and un-chillfiltered, 46% ABV. Peating level is 14 ppm (phenol parts per milion). Limited edition to 12000 bottes. Machrie Moor is the name of peat bogs on Isle of Arran.
C: white wine,
N: delicate, starts sweet with cookies, vanilla, further sourness with lemon, only after the moment peaceful peat and smoke emerges, I find here also a little brine or sea air in the distance,
T: here it is also pretty sweet and then sour, a touch of green apple and pear, also a little white pepper, which gradually escalates and leads to the finish, turning into bitterness, then green notes arrive, vegetables, peat,
F: medium long sour, maybe even with a hint of dark chocolate.
Arran Machrie Moor is an experiment with peated malt. Peat is perceptible, but relatively mild. Certainly impressions are not typically medical, as in the case with products from the Isle of Islay. Generally, it lacks a bit of determination and clarity. The blame for this lies with the young age (NAS). Single malt for those starting out with peated whisky, but not interested at once in Laphroaig, Lagavulin or Ardbeg.