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Peat’s Beast Intensely Peated single malt review

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Peat’s Beast is a heavily peated single malt whisky, with phenol level of 35 ppm (parts per million). Coming from a mystery distillery from Speyside in Scotland. Matured in bourbon casks, bottled by an independent bottler, Fox Fitzgerald. The first release (2011) was a 5000 bottle edition.


They’ve really invested into this dram. It had its first tasting notes by the famous Richard “The Nose” Paterson on their website. The beast in the label was illustrated by Brazilian Doug Alves (famous for work for MTV, Honda and Unicef). Peat’s Beast is a mix of harsh smoke and peat with some floral softness and juicy sweetness. Emphasis on the heavy peated side, it is like Beauty And The Beast. The pretty part of this whisky is being imprisoned by the beast.

WhiskyRant! review of Peat's Beast Intensely Peated single malt

Nose: The smoke hits aggressively with sweet notes and heavy peat. Seaweed, phenols and ham. Not heavy ham, like in Big Peat. Floral notes, like jasmine with spices.

Taste: Tastes very young, strong peat with hot and peppery notes. Juicy and sweet notes mixed with salt rise from the back.

Finish: Lasts long, even though the whisky seems to be very young. Bit of oil and peat. Spices and ashy smoke. Bitter.

Balance: Young heavy hitter. The roughness doesn’t come from the peat alone. I mean, that this one’s not as beast as some of the peat monsters out there. Still, enjoyable single malt, when given some time in the glass. Let it open up.

Colour: Chardonnay
Nose: 23  |  Taste: 21  |  Finish: 22  |  Balance: 21
Overall score: 87

Distillery: Unknown
Region: Speyside
Bottler: Fox Fitzgerald
ABV: 46%
Non-chill filtered, no added colour

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Review of Peat's Beast Peated single malt
Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.


  1. haehne says:

    From a distillery in the Speyside?! I don’ t think that is correct…

    • Johannes Lindblom says:

      I don’t remember where I got this information, I believe it was from the brands own website which at the moment, seems to be “under construction”. Some reviewer stated at Whiskybase that Peat’s Beast cask strength was a Speysider.

  2. Taylor says:

    Me thinks a Highland distillery specifically Ardmore, it sure tastes like it. Overall the price is decent and the whisky is pleasant and enjoyable, quite a good value in my books.

    • Johannes Lindblom says:

      Ardmore surely comes to mind when thinking about peated whiskies outside Islay. I wish I could find more information about Peat’s Beast region but it seems to be very well hidden.

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