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A peated whisky from Arran! The Machrie Moor is a peat bog on the western part of the Isle of Arran, and the dog on the bottle is called Bran!
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Salty nose of ethyl alcohol at first; secondary notes of ginger snaps, salty burnt caramel and bread dough emerge afterward, as well as pineapple and citrus, and faint stone dust and peat at the end. On the palate, the first impression is of overwhelming sour alcohol; once your system gets past that initial shock, slight peat emerges at the top of your mouth, followed by impressions of quinine on the palate, salty licorice and grapefruit, followed by peat again and salty-sour notes, and ending with some grassiness, as well as sweet barley. The dry finish is subdued, and marked by slight peatiness. Upon watering the alcohol calms down both on the nose and palate; now mellow peat is what dominates, with secondary salty-sour-sweet 'n bittery notes. Overall, this is an unconventional scotch, with contrasting flavors that butt heads and keep overstepping their boundaries. Very interesting, although lacking the complexities of more aged whiskeys. Not sure about the price, but the bottle is definitely a keeper!
18th June 2013