Knockdhu

anCnoc Peatheart Batch 2 (46%, OB, 2020)

anCnoc Peatheart Batch 2

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 46%
  • Age: NAS
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £52 RRP
  • Origin: Knockdhu distillery
  • Vintage: undeclared
Peatheart Batch 2

What they say

See press release anCnoc releases Peatheart Batch 2

Official tasting notes:

  • Colour: light gold
  • Nose: Understated peat smoke and barbecue balanced by ripe pineapples, pears and a dark, rich tone of baked toffee apples. Subtle vanilla and sparks of fresh lemon rind lend lightness and elegance to the composition.
  • Taste: Structured and full, with rich smoke in balance with juicy gummy bears and the light, fizzy sweetness of spun sugar. Undertones of a hay barn and fudge give it a delicious weight.
  • Finish: Long and growing, distinctly spicy and sweet with a warming, smoky finale.

What I say

On to the main event, anCnoc’s latest (batch 2) version of Peatheart expression, limited to 1700 cases (10,200 bottles) worldwide.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Eiswein gold (7/20), quick, large tears, oily, long, well-defined legs
  • Nose: Sweet and peaty, milk and honey, creamy vanilla, lactic, barnyard smell, dry hay plus a little fermented, earthy and turfy, bbq seared pineapple, toffee apples and lemon zest.
  • Taste: Full-bodied, ripe orchard fruits, wood and peat smoke, fragrant not harsh, grassy hay, apple, pear, some grapefruit, gingerbread, oaty flapjacks, hazelnut, oak wood and cinnamon spice.
  • Finish: Medium, spiced, dry oak and soft /subtle coal tar soap.

Overall

Another great peated expression, less sweet and floral than the 12 year old but quite mealy and full of oak wood and fruit, wood char, peat smoke and coal-tar soap.

Score 85/100

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