Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: Fox Fitzgerald
Average price: € 190.00
Official website: peatsbeast.com
Thanks to the immense kindness and helpfulness of Aidan Smith and distributor Anker Amsterdam Spirits, mi è da poco arrivato un generoso campione dell’ultimo cucciolo partorito dalla Bestia Torbata, un 27 anni interamente in bourbon e a grado pieno proveniente da una distilleria segreta di Islay.” target=”_blank”>Anker Amsterdam Spirits, I have recently received a generous sample of the last pup born of the Peat’s Beast, a 27 year old all Bourbon, cask strength, from a secret distillery on Islay.
Bottled at the end of July this year, this is a limited edition of 1,170 bottles soon to be released, and continues the line of versions with significant ageing that began with the 25 year old followed not long ago by the (sublime) 34 year old.
A feature of Peat’s Beast is the very cheap price compared to what it offers, and again they certainly don’t disappoint.
Light gold in the glass.
As in previous bottlings, the nose is quite different in spirit from the mighty beast shown on the label: here the peat is a delicate, mineral undertone that supports floral aromas (heather but also a hint of lavender) accompanied by walnuts, almonds, peaches, apricots, rennet apple and vanilla. Overall, it offers a fresh, herbaceous profile with a touch of sea breeze. Alcohol content not at all invasive. Very elegant.
On the palate the music changes radically, the peat roars and scratches with a wave of mellow smoke of burnt wood sprinkled with spices (chilli, ginger and cardamom), the fruity aromas rise in tone rounding off the whisky, full and silky, counterbalancing the leather and tobacco notes that emerge with overbearing power. Hints of liquorice and dark chocolate. It is a continuous battle between the rough and elegant soul of the distillate, where no one seems to prevail in competing for attention.
Long, dry finish of almonds, apples, spices, toasted wood, aniseed and chocolate.
A fun, multifaceted whisky that is both brutal and caressing, adapting to every change of mood of the drinker like one of those rings that change colour. Experiential.