Peat’s Beast tamed by Turbo

The beast

Turbo takes on the might of Peat’s Beast

Scotland seems to have the worldwide market of being inhabited by mythical beasts pretty much cornered. Loch Ness might just be considered another of Scotland’s massive puddles if not for the camera shy monster lurking beneath its depths. In the spring there isn’t a single person I know that doesn’t venture into the bonny hills to witness one of nature’s true miracles; the mating season of the noble and elusive haggis. Unicorns are so numerous that we have made them our national animal! None of these compare, however, to a new creature on the loose and it certainly has a bit more credible substance to its existence than the others mentioned here.

The terrible monstrosity I am referring to is the latest independent bottling to roll across my desk- Peat’s Beast. To use its own words it is a “ferociously full-bodied single malt whisky” with official tasting notes by none other than Richard ‘The Nose’ Paterson himself.

The beast in question appears on the wonderful label for the bottle and was created by Brazilian illustrator Doug Alves who has also worked on all sort of other fancy things for the likes of MTV, Honda and the lovely children’s charity Unicef. I had a look at some of his doodles and must say that Doug has some arty talent in them old fingers. You can check it out here if you feel you’d like to.

They’ve done a terrific job putting together a back story for The Beast online. Check that out here.

Where’s it from? They don’t say. They don’t say much about it at all in fact. I’ve had a few hints as to its origins thrown my way through unofficial channels but since EWB is an upstanding publication I won’t deal in rumours. It has caught my attention though with what I think to be a brilliant label design and a myth that could have children hiding under their covers if you used it as a bedtime story. Style rarely triumphs over substance on my watch though so I sat down and attempted to tame Peat’s Beast using nothing but a couple of my senses and the use of a few adjectives. Here are the results-

 

Peat’s Beast

46% ABV
5000 bottles in first release
£37.95 here 

Nose: I first find burnt moss and seaweed coming through before being followed the smell of new tar on a road. A real herbal comes through with soft fruity notes coming from underneath somewhere. Water brings out soil, citrus and a creamy sweetness.

Palate: An immediate smoky hit followed up with an almost creamy feel. Peaty indeed but maybe a little less than it claims to be. Soil and tobacco both crop up and the kick of youth creeps in at the back of the throat.

Overall: Very good. An enjoyable youngish whisky with a good whack of smoke. It might lack some of the bite it promises but that might just be me. I tend to drink a lot of whisky which ‘Kicks me in the face’ and it may have desensitised me to its potent powers. On a food matching note I think it would go rather well with our native haggis. We like to eat and drink our mythical beasts here in Scotland. Maybe that’s where Nessie has gone…

Turbo

Comments

  1. A great review, Turbo. You’re right about Scotland possessing more than its fair share of ghoulies and ghosties – this is my favourite so far, though!

    I’d agree that this is not a ‘kick you in the face’ dram, but it doesn’t lose my friendship as a result. I must say that it is very well put-together and I would recommend it to those eager for a different kind of peatiness in their lives: like Lucas’ encounters with the smoky BenRiachs.
    Thanks.

  2. Another top notch Mr Turbo.

    @James (Scotch Odyssey) I quite liked your article comment; Peat’s Boisterous Labrador. made me chuckle

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