Isle of Arran Machrie Moor, peated

A young, pale-looking whisky, the Isle of Arran Machrie Moor immediately sends up a puff of dry smoke to signal its origins. This is followed by a malty or cereal character, very like the ten year old, but lighter. And, yes, there's the same minty note too.  

Come back to the whisky after a minute and there's a real hay-barn aroma, fresh, dry, and wholesome. Come back to it a minute after that, and the smoke is back, but this time it's the smoke of herbs on a barbecue.

The palate is also lighter than the ten year old, and a little sweeter too – sweet honey with a gentle smoky note, which gradually runs out to a sort of cigar ash finish.

Machrie Moor is a lovely lightly peated whisky. Serve it as a good halfway house to someone who never drinks Islay malts.

no age statement; 46%; RRP: £39.99, available from & selected independents