Arran Batch 2 12YO 53.6% abv

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.

Arran Machrie Moor 46% abv

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.

Arran Premier Cru Bourgogne Finish 56.4% abv.

Nose: Cementit-glue, leather, grapes, old wooden chest, mango

Palate: Bitter

Finish: Bisquite, grapes

With a drop of water

Nose: Orange marmalade, peperoni, cabbage, broccoli

Palate: Bitter-sweet, furry

Finish: Orange, somewhat vegetable


Highland Park 12YO 40% abv

 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.



Highland Park 14YO 54.7 % abv, 1996 Mr.

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