Founded in 1994 by Harold Currie, the Arran Distillery is one of the last remaining independent distilleries in Scotland. "The reason the distillery was built on the Isle of Arran," says James MacTaggart, Arran's Master Distiller, "was because there is a very good water supply here. In fact, it was tasted and it was decided that it was probably one of the best water supplies in Scotland for making whisky." When the distillery was finally completed in 1995 - construction was halted for nearly a year when a pair of Golden Eagles built their nest near the distillery - it became the first legal distillery on the Isle of Arran in over 150 years.
The Arran Machrie Moor Single Malt Scotch Whisky takes its name from a mystical peat bog called Machrie Moor, which is situated on the west coast of the Isle. In the bogs barren terrain, a large stone with a carved hole can be found. The stone is known as Fingal's Cauldron, and is rumored to have been the site where the legendary warrior giant Fingal tethered his favorite dog before going off to battle. The Arran Machrie Moor Single Malt Scotch Whisky captures the rugged beauty and lore of this landscape.
The Arran Machrie Moor is made from Scottish barley, which has been peated to just under 20 phenol parts per million (the other Arran expressions are crafted from unpeated barley). After the barley has been peated, it is mashed and fermented before being distilled twice - first through Arran's copper-pot wash still and then again through Arran's copper-pot spirit still. The stills were custom designed, says MacTaggart, and "shaped to allow the lighter vapors to come up through the stills." As a result, Arran Single Malt Scotch Whisky has an appreciably softer and more delicate flavor profile than other Scotch whiskies.
Following distillation, Arran Machrie Moor is matured in American oak casks that were previously used to mature bourbon. As a result, the whisky has a golden barley color, along with an aroma of tropical fruits, coconut and light smoke. The aroma gives way to notes of dark fruits, spices, honey, vanilla and peat on the palate, and leads to a smooth, crisp finish with touches of apples and cinnamon.
In addition, each bottle of The Arran Machrie Moor Single Malt Scotch Whisky is labeled with an image of Bran, Fingal's dog, tied to a stone. Unleash the legend that is Machrie Moor today!
92 (46% ABV)
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Golden barley color. Aroma of tropical fruits, coconut and light smoke. Notes of dark fruits, spices, honey, vanilla and peat on the palate. Smooth, crisp finish with touches of apples and cinnamon.