Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry Pedro Ximènez
Added coloring: No
Owner: Fox Fitzgerald
Average price: € 70.00
Official website: peatsbeast.com
The second cask strength version of the peated beast, which differs from its predecessor not only in its higher alcohol content but also in the nine months of final maturation in casks containing the well-known Pedro Ximènez Sherry, which gave the whisky its highly charged colour.
Will there be such a big difference? Who knows?
The colour is a magnificent garnet.
The peat reveals itself on the nose more moist than toasty, with a strong marine impact and a puff of smoke. The influence of Sherry is immediately evident, very oily and fatty, with an effluvia of candied orange, ripe figs, prunes, sultanas infused in alcohol, cinnamon, marzipan, trifle, toasted cane sugar. Rich and ‘solid’, intense, almost chewy, with an alcohol content that is not at all intrusive.
In the mouth it’s viscous, enveloping, warm without burning, rich in marine and earthy impressions at the same time, toasted seaweed and sprinkled fields, nicely moist and mellow, with apples cooked with cinnamon, dates, figs, dark chocolate, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar. More orange and liquorice root. In the background, the acrid roasting grows, blending with the sweeter heart of the distillate, in a counterpoint that supports the aromas.
Long finish, of dull embers and ocean, chocolate, liquorice, cinnamon.
This is a small jewel of balance, with a very appropriate alcohol content and a sherried influence, where every element is perfectly calibrated, including the peat.
I’m really sorry it doesn’t get more attention, because it deserves it all, also for its quality/price ratio.