Arran Machrie Moor 70cl 46% ABV
Arran Machrie Moor
This Arran Machrie Moor has the classic fresh Arran Single Malt character with a puff of peat smoke. This Single Malt produced at Lochranza Distillery is some of the original, very first peated Single Malt that we produced on the island.
On the west coast of the Isle of Arran lies a windswept and mystical peat bog called Machrie Moor. Bronze Age stone circles and standing stones are strewn across its barren, undulating terrain. One of the stone circles is known as Fingal’s Cauldron Seat, where sits a stone with a carved hole. The legendary warrior giant Fingal is said to have tethered his favourite dog Bran to this stone. This peated expression of the Arran Single Malt perfectly captures the rugged beauty and lore of the landscape. Unleash the legend that is Machrie Moor.
Bottled at 46% without chill filtration or added colouring, this peated Arran Single Malt displays all the freshness of their island house style, with an added puff of smoke and earthiness. Since 2019, all peated production of whisky on the island is being done by their sister distillery at Lagg. This is your chance to buy and taste some of the original peated whisky from Arran, produced in Lochranza, before it is all gone!
Arran Single Malt starts its life as Scottish rainwater at Loch Na Davie in the hills high above the distillery. The clear water cascades down the Easan Biorach burn through six waterfalls, each one purifying the water further. Their barley arrives from maltsters on the mainland as whole grains. The grains are then milled by us in Lochranza. Over the course of many years in their warehgouse on Arran, the spirit inherits colour and flavour from the wood. The quality of the casks that they work with is of the utmost importance. Arran never add caramel or strip flavour out of their whiskies using chill filtration. The purity of their water means that they can create a clean, sweet dram which is entirely natural and unadulterated.
Arran has soaring hills and rugged coasts, rich farmland and dense forests, all concentrated into a compact parcel floating in the Firth of Clyde between the Ayrshire coast and the Kintyre peninsula. It’s known as ‘Scotland in miniature’, as it shares some of the characteristics of the Highlands and Lowlands, the mainland and the Western Isles.
Great malt whisky is a distillation of the place it’s made. The local water, microclimate and air quality all influence the spirit as it’s distilled and matured. Isle of Arran whisky couldn’t come from anywhere else but this wee rock, of twenty miles by ten. Arran whisky is the island, bottled.
This geography is key to the character of their whisky. On this island, they make a spirit that reflects a range of regional influences, yet achieves a rare and unique personality all its own. Rather like the island itself.
With the arrival of their sister distillery in Lagg at the south end of the island in 2019, Arran are proud to be able to show visitors to their island the two very different sides to their island home. From the impressive peaks of the north end where their un-peated Arran Single Malt is distilled, to the vast agricultural landscapes of the south where their heavily peated Lagg Single Malt awaits them in a few years time, they have a lot to offer their visitors. One island, two distilleries – make them your next whisky destination!
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