The Peated Arran Malt Machrie Moor Cask Strength

Scotch Review #108: The Peated Arran Malt Machrie Moor Cask Strength


Distillery: Arran

Region: Island

ABV: 56.2%

Age: NAS

Price: Can’t remember, I think about $7 for a dram

Color: 0.6, Old Gold. Natural Color and Non-Chill Filtered



Nose: Fairly neutral on the nose. Fresh flowing spring water all that comes up.

Palate: For a peated dram, it’s a delicate little thing. There’s a little bit of medicinal peat, a bit of a malt sweetness, a bit of a hay, and a bit of freshly cut grass. Nothing super loud, very subtle notes of everything.

Finish: Medium in length. More of the medicinal peat, leaves an almost fizzy feeling on the tongue.

Conclusion: For something that’s bottled at cask strength, I was honestly surprised how subtle everything was throughout this dram. The nose is relatively neutral with a subtle fresh spring water note. The palate is full of these little subtle, slightly earthy notes. The finish is the only semi-loud part with the poppy medicinal peat but even then that’s still fairly subtle. Not a bad dram by any means and perhaps a good introduction to peat for someone rather than dunking them into something like an Ardbeg Uigeadail. Would I buy a bottle? Unlikely.

Final Score: 77.

Scotch Whisky review #108, Island Whisky Review #22, Whisky Network Review #139

Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
  • 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
  • 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
  • 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
  • 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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