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Arran Machrie Moor First Edition (Peated)

Mixed bag

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@WhiskyNotesReview by @WhiskyNotes

15th Feb 2011


  • Nose
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  • Finish
  • Balance
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This is the peated Arran. Since 2004, the distillery produced some mildly peated spirit (14 ppm phenols) and now a limited release of 9000 bottles is made available.

Arran Machrie Moor (46%, OB 2011, 9000 btl.)

Nose: the expected notes of a very young whisky: sweet malt, pear drops, some coconut. Artificial in its fruitiness. The peat comes second, it’s more of a mild grassy / smokey undertone. A few yeasty notes as well. Topped off by fresh citrus.

Mouth: overly sour start (lemon), then some peat smoke, then back to sweeter notes like apple candy. Fades on a bitter (tonic) & salty (liquorice) combo. The palate has the same problem as the nose: it tries a lot of different tricks but none of them really work. Finish: now developing an enjoyable pastry-like quality alongside the peat smoke.

This Arran Machrie Moor is clearly not about heavy peat, it’s not about juicy fruits, it’s not about complexity, it’s not about balance... I fear this is simply a way to widen the range, like the wine finishes. I’d stick to the excellent Arran Peacock or Arran 14yo.

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ProsperoDK commented

Thanks for the review. I have looked at this as I like peated malts, but I may skip it unless I can have a chance to taste it before I buy it and see if I like the taste.

10 years ago 0

WhiskyNotes commented

That's never a bad idea.

10 years ago 0

AboutChoice commented

@WhiskyNotes, I appreciate your morsels of educations now and then, such as "..expected notes of a very young whisky: sweet malt, pear drops, some coconut..". Do you know the age of this malt?

I often enjoy sweet and lively whiskies, where I attribute this character to the whiskey; but perhaps it is instead the character of "young". Thanks for the very edifying review(s).

10 years ago 0

WhiskyNotes commented

"Since 2004, the distillery produced some mildly peated spirit" so Machrie Moor should be no more than 6-7 years old.

Young whisky tends to be sweet and lively indeed, but also a bit predictable and simple, which is why I usually prefer older expressions.

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