Latest release is firm’s smokiest whisky to date
THE firm behind Highland whisky anCnoc has bolstered its collection of peaty expressions with its latest release.
Crafted at the Knockdhu Distillery in the Aberdeenshire village of Knock, Peatheart is said to be the smokiest anCnoc expression to date.
Taking its name from the nearby peat bogs, Peatheart has a phenol content of 40 PPM, which is said to result in “an intensely warm yet smooth finish”.
Matured in bourbon barrels and pale amber in colour, the whisky delivers an initial “smoky burst” on the nose, which is then followed by a “surge of fruitiness”; notes of ripe pears, apples and lime are all present against a hint of tobacco in the background.
The tasting notes describe the expression, bottled at 46% ABV, as delivering smoky flavours, which are “laced with leather and sweet stewed apples”; this is followed by chocolate notes, which in turn is complimented by notes of vanilla and lemon.
Packaged in a black and gold foil bottle, the packaging design features a golden eagle – a bird of prey which is frequently spotted soaring above the peat bogs local to the distillery.
Karen Walker, marketing director of anCnoc whisky, which is part of International Beverage Holdings-owned Inver House Distillers’ portfolio, said: “When we first launched the Peaty Collection, we had no idea how successful it would be.
“Seven awards and seven expressions later, we’re excited to announce Peatheart as our latest and ongoing release.”