- Brand: SMWS
- ABV: 50%
- Batch: 3
I happen to have the last of two SMWS Peat Faerie batches around - #3 and #4. Batch 3 is a 10 year old, a blend of first-fill Speyside casks and a bunch of Islay casks (they give a distillation date of July 6 2007, which I presume is the youngest of the casks). This vatting yielded 2948 bottles.
The colour is a very pale, light gold. On the nose the peat is apparent of course, but the main element seems to be a soft green apple note, with cilantro, briny seashore and lemon pith. Tropical fruits come out with a bit of water. Really nice balance.
On the palate the peat is more pronounced, but also with more lemon pith, bovril and very light honey. Lightly peppery. Thin mouthfeel. Water gives it a bit more oomph. Like the nose, lovely balance between the peat and the fruity, spicy notes.
The dry finish features more lemon pith, but with a touch of vanilla. Nothing super-fancy or groundbreaking, just a solid peaty whisky showing terrific balance. Now let's see how Batch 4 holds up...