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.
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.
Nose: 23 | Taste: 21 | Finish: 22 | Balance: 21
Overall score: 87
Bottler: Fox Fitzgerald
Non-chill filtered, no added colour
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