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10 Feb 2011

Arran Machrie Moor

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Arran

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 MoorArran 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 Arran Peacock or
Arran 14yo. Around € 40.

Score: 70/100

Arran Machrie Moor 1 Ruben Luyten 2011-02-10
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  • Michael

    Very interesting notes Ruben. I am wondering why some distilleries cannot find their own whisky profile and have to act like big American whiskey distilleries/distributors. They lose at least one customer (me) by doing that :-)

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    I just finished a sample of this. I found it quite drinkable, nothing special, but just a standard everyday dram without any fuzz…
    I wouldnt buy a bottle though



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