Arran Machrie Moor 5th Edition 2014
Peated Single Malt
Arran // Islands, Scotland
Established in 1995 on the unfathomably gorgeous area of Lochranza on the Isle of Arran, this relatively young distillery (compared to distilleries that are a century old) is the sole operation on the island, which was once home to more than 50 whisky-makers. This annual limited edition release is bottled at 46%. It is peated at a 20ppm level and is non-chill-filtered.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
"Arran stands alone on an island, both physically and metaphorically, in terms of its taste profile. Arran is a bit of an anomaly: the nose offers a blossom of peat without even a hint of smoke. It’s bright and crisp, two characteristics that mark the first impression on the palate, but the liveliness vanishes to make way for richer sweet notes evocative of candied almonds and raw vanilla. The vanilla intensifies and darkens to dominate the insistent, finish, even when a sour, ever-so-slightly-smoky tang sneaks in for a quick cameo. Evidently, that initial brightness was a tease, but this malt’s slight-of-hand is as intriguing as a Vegas magician."