The name’s Arkle, Peter Arkle


AnCnoc have recently released the second bottling of their limited edition Peter Arkle range. The partnership between Peter Arkle, a New York based (and Penicuik born) artist, and AnCnoc has already seen him design the packaging for the first release which was rolled out in late spring. Mr Hoban covered that here. That packaging was inspired by the ‘magic’ that goes into creating whisky. The design of the second bottling aims to capture the “sense of time passing inside the warehouse”, hence the casks on the label which stretch on into the darkness (see below). Hoban said the first release wasn’t going to please “someone super sensitive to sulphur” (great alliteration there my man) and I tend to agree; it’s a real meaty, in your face, tad rough around the edges, testicle kicking whisky. Certainly not for the faint hearted. In comparison, I found the newer release a lot softer, much sweeter and more of a crowd pleaser. A bit of a charmer, if you will.

AnCnoc Peter Arkle
2nd Release
46% ABV
£48.46 here

Nose: Manuka honey, lavender scented candles, sultana cake, cinnamon, nutmeg and some polished wood.

Palate: Lots of honey and oh so chocolatey. Cherry cake, spun sugar and a plummy sweetness. Orange marmalade and a touch of tingling wood spice.

Finish: Quite long, chewy toffee with a refreshing sweetness – citrus oils.

Overall: The two releases are very different indeed, which probably reflects the casks chosen for each, but having tasted them both it’s apparent they come from the same stable. The first release was entirely from Spanish oak sherry casks, whereas the second release also contains whisky from American oak sherry casks. I did enjoy the dirtiness of the first release, it’s a Daniel Craig whisky – one which bleeds, gets his shirt ripped and doesn’t give a damn if his drink is shaken or stirred. The second release is much more of a smooth talking, never a hair out of place Sean Connery-esque 007. Which one do I prefer? If I told you, I’d have to kill you…


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