Arran ex Lochranza is a prosperous and very active distillery what produces very sofisticated well crafted spirits.
Nose: Fruits and butterscotch, caramel
Palate: Sweet and strong.
Finish: Short but nice
With a teaspoon of water added
Nose: White chocolate, fruits caramel and buterscotch (even stronger)
Palate: Sweet, sweet, sweet.
Finish: Longer and warming.
Perfect with that bit of water.
This is the 3rd edition of the Machrie Moor, it was released 2012 and is the peated Arran Malt with a pale color.
Nose: Peat, seaweed, some almond is also there.
Palate: Sweet and little sour, punchy.
Finish: Peaty, smokey, middle-long and salty with seaweed.
With a teaspoon of water added.
Nose: More almond or other nuts not that peaty anymore.
Palate: Only sweet and easy
Finish: Somewhat chemical, no smoke, no peat.
Not the usual Arran, I hope our casks wil be a very nice one as it is also a mix of peat and sherry.
Nose: Cementit-glue, leather, grapes, old wooden chest, mango
Finish: Bisquite, grapes
With a drop of water
Nose: Orange marmalade, peperoni, cabbage, broccoli
Palate: Bitter-sweet, furry
Finish: Orange, somewhat vegetable
A liitle bit sweet maltiness and sour in the nose, no peat but somehow fresh-cut gras is coming up. Additionally fresh fruits mainly prune and plum and little bit of ginger.
In the palate very hot and a little bit bitter but also very malty and oily.
The finish is vanishes fast and is not prikling long on the tongue. After a minute you get wood on the palate.
For sure an all-day dram but I miss the glorified peatiness.
This Higland Park is a bottling from Michael and Monika Reckhard.
You get good quality at a very acceptable price.
Nose: First impression is a little almond with fresh cut gras and the bourbon oak cask has also a strong influence, honey, soap,
Palate: Strong burning start, sweet and just a hint bitter
Finish: oak, honey
With some drops of water
Nose: more honey, some wet wood, not very complex but honest
Palate: bit more bitternes, no more sweet, still hard burning on the tongue
Finish: only oak, woody note