Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: Fox Fitzgerald
Average price: € 55.00
Official website: peatsbeast.com
We’re back on the peated beastie from bottlers Fox Fitzgerald, this time with the cask strength version released three years after the original was launched in 2014.
Having already spoken at length about this series in the previous article, I admit my curiosity in discovering the effect of a cask strength bottling on a whisky which, despite its name and charming label, had not proved so beastly in its first appearance.
Once again I thank Remko of Anker Amsterdam Spirits and Aidan Smith for the bottles.
Pale gold in the glass.
The nose is very mineral and metallic, with a sulphurous peat that floods the nostrils (almost like rotten flowers, to give you an idea). The alcohol content isn’t invasive, giving way to more delicate notes of red apple, hazelnuts, cloves and honey. As the whisky breathes in the glass, its sweet side of caramel, vanilla, biscuit pastry, wet cereals, cardamom emerge even more. The smoke slowly expresses itself in an impression of burnt tyres, with even a medicinal touch, in what turns out in the end to be a surprisingly sober and elegant profile.
This is also confirmed on the palate, where the alcohol level is well balanced on the malt that flows oily in the mouth, with just a touch of pepper, combining a distinct marine and saline personality with the sweet and confectionery soul of toasted caramel, banana, pineapple and cinnamon. Touch of liquorice and orange juice. Bright coals in the background, like a bonfire on the beach, supporting the structure of the whisky, simple but elegant.
Long finish of salty ash, orange, liquorice, almonds.
I’m beginning to wonder if it’s me who has become accustomed to the strong peat or if this peated beast is really more of a tame puppy, barking but not biting, being far more cuddly and friendly than it would like to be.
The full alcohol content is very beneficial to this whisky, which does not shine in terms of complexity and stratification but is able to maintain elegance and smoothness despite its obvious youth.