Have you ever considered trying a cask strength Machrie Moor by Arran? We strongly suggest you do.
Quite an underdog, the Arran, but they hardly ever disappoint. Especially in the case of this peated single malt, which is bottled at cask strength (58.1%), has its natural colour, and is free of non-chill-filtration. Maturation took place in bourbon casks and it doesn’t bear an age statement. The peat levels are gentle: 20ppm.
If we had to guess how old this is, I would say that it’s around 8 to 10 years old. A vibrant maritime whisky with nicely integrated peat, a lot of depth and a tropical surprise:
Butterscotch, vanilla, pineapple on a BBQ, citrus, a whiff of peated barley.
Dry on the tongue at first, vanilla, tropical fruits, citrus, wood, pear and pepper.
The palate bursts into a long and complex finish, which starts off fruity with pineapple juice and lemongrass and finished into notes of cedar wood, smoked barley, honey, leather, apples, BBQ’d pineapples and savoury peat.
This one of the tastiest cask strength bourbon matured whiskies for the price, in my opinion. It was one of the more popular bottles at our blind tastings too, it’s a shame that it gets so little attention. But that’s what we’re here for ;)