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Islay single malt scotch whisky

The first-ever Ar bottling is a big beast, showing the power that southern Islay is known for. Ar1 makes a statement, and is laden with sweet spice and malty goodness.

  • Core Flavour

    Chilli chocolate
  • Cask details

    Distillates from the 1990s and 2000s matured in Hogsheads
  • Strength

  • Distillery

  • Distillery status

  • Approved by

Tasting notes

  • Nose

    Fresh and clean. Sweet and peppery, with soot and spices. Hints of milky caramel, smoked cereals and peat. With time, white chocolate and nougat, then grassy and earthy with bonfire embers. Water soothes the peat and lifts the grassy characteristics.
  • Palate

    Honey, then white pepper, cinnamon, chilli powder, coal. Warm and mouthfilling when neat. Big peat presence, but not overpowering thanks to lovely sweet, syrupy malt notes. Water makes the palate more savoury, emphasising the spices.
  • Finish

    Epic. Long and warming, with persistent spice, pepper and earthy peat settling in, but also some honey to maintain the balance.


  • White Pepper
  • White chocolate
  • Chilli
  • Cereal
  • Smoke

Ar1 Reviews

  • The superbly rich mouthfeel gives it a definite edge of classiness.

  • Excellently big.

    Serge Valentin

  • Youthful but retains the distillery’s signature sootiness. Bold and assertive.

    Dave Broom

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