Fox Fitzgerald Tasting Notes

Posted: August 24, 2015 in Scotch Whisky H-Z, Vatted Malt Whisky

Peat’s Beast 46%

A vatting of Benriach, Laphroaig, Ardbeg and Caol Ila

Tasted: Mar 2012

A pleasant nose of youthful cereal and briny-peat. Slightly perfumed with hints of sugar coated barley and herbs.

The palate displays plenty of youthful and briny Caol Ila with a fresh coastal edge, but beneath is a good depth of apricot and sweet barley with a gentle herbalness. The finish is quite sugared with hints of coffee but the brininess balances.

Peat’s Beast 46%

Re-Tasted: ?

Quite a sweet and phenolic nose of young, crealy ‘phraoig(?) leading off, but tempered by some Coal Ila(?) Quite a gentle beast with hints of bog myrtle-peat, manure, creosote, wet tar, liquorice and rubber. Gently coastal with late burnt wood and a touch of Arbeg-esque blood orange.

The palate opens with a brief granulated sugar note before the very young, oily, peppery, tarry peat arrived. Quite a bracing coastal middle balanced by a malty sweetness leads into a long citrus and tar finish. Lingering peat.

A beast? Well a few years ago it probably would’ve been considered heavily peated, but with Octomore, maybe freakisly raising the bar for peat levels, this really is just a moderately hairy chested beasty. A pleasant beasty at that though.

Peat’s Beast 46%

Re-Tasted Oct 2013

A pleasant nose of youthful cereal and briny-peat. Slightly perfumed with hints of sugar coated barley and herbs.

The palate displays plenty of youthful and briny Caol Ila with a fresh coastal edge, but beneath is a good depth of apricot and sweet barley with a gentle herbalness. The finish is quite sugared with hints of coffee but the brininess balances.

Peat’s Beast 46%

Re-Tasted: Apr 2015

Fresh, crisp, herbal and citric aromas as the Benriach opens the proceedings followed by some gentle medicinal peat. Wow! It becomes very stinky and manurey with time. Beneath the oak and barley adds structure.

The palate is a little fuller than the nose with succulent apricot and honey mingling with dusty, dry peat. The crisp Caol Ila character comes through on the middle with a lightly salted demeanour. Good length with light brine, iodine and medicinal finish with a touch of mocha.

Peat’s Beast Cask Strength 52.1%

Tasted: Apr 2015

The nose is oilier and heavier than the 46% bottling, showing more fleshy apricot, violets and almost rye-like herbs. Tighter and maybe less fragrant than the 46% bottling but there’s hints of manure, burnt wood, coffee and sugar coated almonds.

The palate is full and oily like the nose suggests, opening with burnt wood and coffee. Quite spicy with gentle, dusty peat. The middle is more fishy and maritime than the 46% bottling and shows a little more youthful spirit notes. Long, tongue tingling spicy, lightly salted and peated finish.

With water the nose becomes a little soapy with more manure and farmyard character as well as more sugared barley. The palate is still quite oily and a little watery to be honest. Yes, there are hints of toffee and dusty peat but it’s a bit sugar water-like. Now it lacks the vibrancy of the 46% bottling

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