On the Isle of Arran's west coast is a mystical peat bog known as Machrie Moor. Long a source of storytelling that goes back to the Bronze Age, this wild landscape is a place of rugged beauty. Legend has it that the legendary warrior giant Fingal tied his favourite dog, Bran, to the stone circles which have stood on the island for over 4500 years.
Machrie Moor Single Malt is a robust yet refined dram. Capturing the lore of the landscape, it displays all the characteristic fruit and freshness of the Arran style, yet with an added whiff of smoke and earthiness.
This unique whisky is crafted at Arran's Lochranza distillery with a blend of Scottish-grown barley. The malting process begins by blending them with fresh water from nearby Loch na Davie, reputedly the source of the purest water in Scotland.
The damp barley malts are then dried over a peat-heated fire to give this whisky its distinctive smokiness. Once the malts have been fermented with yeast, the 'wash' is then double distilled in copper pot stills, before being laid down to mature in ex-Bourbon barrels.
Isle of Arran Distillers bottle this powerful single malt at a cask strength of 56.2% abv, and to present the whisky in its unadulterated, purest form, and retain its full flavour, choose to not chill filter.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Founded by whisky industry veteran Harold Currie, the Isle of Arran Distillery opened in the village of Lochranza in 1995, bringing (legal) whisky production back to the island for the first time since the mid 1800s, when the island was a hotbed of illicit whisky making.
After three years of maturation, the first legal dram made on Arran in over 160 years was poured in 1998, whilst the first 10 Year-Old came of age in 2006.
Over the past two decades, and under the watchful eye of Master Distiller James MacTaggart, the distillery has built a name for itself for its non-peated expressions, whilst from time to time releasing limited edition peated bottlings.
In 2019, the Isle of Arran Distillers also opened their doors to a sister distillery located on the southern tip of the island, overlooking the Firth of Clyde and the beaches of the south. The Lagg Distillery will specialise in contrasting peated styles of whisky, quite distinctive from the Arran Malts produced at the Lochranza distillery, with their first single malt expected for release in 2022.46% Arran Distillery