Peatheart uses barley, specified by anCnoc Master Blender, malted to 40ppm, then matured in bourbon barrels for over a decade. 40 PPM might sound a lot (it’s almost on the Ardbeg peat scale of 50), but pay attention to the fact that this time around the guys at anCnoc have opted to display the phenol levels BEFORE distillation and not after as they have done with previous peaty expressions , at any rate, at 40 PPM pre-distillation this is their Peatiest expressions to date.
Nose: Starts quite sweet and smokey, mainly on pastries / shortbread and some health cookies which mix well with the smoke and earthy peat, there’s no medicinal qualities to the peat, but it’s quite evident . It’s not exactly on the Ardbeg scale, but it’s not far from that. dry smoke, with some citrus and a lovely creaminess (think vanilla custard, butter). There’s a tobacco leaf edge as well which adds to the complexity.
**Palate: **Thick peat smoke, with lemon drops, toffee and more earthy peat mixed with wood spice (nutmeg, pepper), vanilla and a touch of milk chocolate as well. well-integrated if i may say so.
Finish : Lemon meringue, and peat smoke.