anCnoc Peatheart Batch 2

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Following on from the launch of the first edition of Peatheart in 2017, anCnoc has now released Batch 2 onto the global market (it’s been available in Sweden for a wee while already). Over the years anCnoc has released several peated expressions, starting with the ‘Peaty Collection’ in 2014. Peatheart, as you might imagine, is the most smoky of them all with the barley being peated to 40ppm. To give you an idea of scale, Highland Park sits in the early twenties while Ardbeg is just over fifty. Matured exclusively in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels and bottled at 46%, it is a very similar recipe to the first batch, but with a few tweaks.

Commenting on the new release, Knockdhu distillery manager Gordon Bruce said: “Despite having the same ppm as Batch 1, slight variations in maturation mean that our second Peatheart bottling offers something a little bit different, with a more refined smoky character. The combination of fresh, fruity anCnoc notes with these more mellow peat flavours creates a wonderful modern whisky that will be enjoyed by whisky fans across the spectrum. The peaty range now sits alongside our signature anCnoc whiskies to give drinkers two very distinctive sides to our whisky. Whether it’s a dram from our ‘dark’ or ‘light’ side, both represent our commitment to using the best traditional techniques and craftsmanship to make a very modern single malt whisky.”

Time to get my peat on.

AnCnoc Peatheart Batch 2
46% ABV
£51.95 here

Nose: Some tart fruits initially, then lemon oils, kiwi and faint solventy notes. Underripe pineapple and apple chews give way to a big, smoky, and slightly ashy, hit.

Palate: Vanilla pods, apples and pears – all smoked. Then custard creams, green bananas, and sweet, heathery smoke.

Finish: Turns drying and herbal, with some dry oak and waft of peat reek.

Overall: A you can see from my nosing and tasting notes, there are a lot of ‘green’ things in there, indicative of rather young whisky. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I was perhaps expecting a bit more in terms of maturity from this dram. However, with the nights drawing in (as we say in Scotland) and you find you’re in need of a nightcap which gives you a faceful of peat and warms your cockles, then this is most definitely your bag.



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