anCnoc unveils peatiest whisky to dateBy Owen Bellwood
Highland single malt Scotch brand anCnoc has extended its Peaty Collection with the launch of its peatiest expression to date, called Peatheart.
Named after the nearby peat bogs, Peatheart is said to be the “smokiest” whisky produced by the Aberdeenshire distillery, with a phenol content of 40 parts per million.
Karen Walker, marketing director of anCnoc whisky, 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 release”.
The whiskey has been matured in Bourbon barrels for over a decade and has been described as: “Pale amber in appearance the whisky delivers an initial smoky burst on the nose which surrenders to a surge of fruitiness. To taste, smoky flavours are laced with leather and sweet stewed apples. Closely followed by chocolate, the whisky is perfectly complemented by sweet vanilla and zesty lemon, leaving drinkers with a lingering warmth and floral smokiness.”
The Scotch brand says that Peatheart is a celebration of the traditional processes involved in making whisky, as peat was historically the fuel used to dry out malted barley.
With a newly-designed black and gold foil pack, Peatheart honours the design of anCnoc’s core range while incorporating an image of a golden eagle, which can be spotted flying over the distillery and peat bogs.
Peatheart is available now through independent and specialist retailers at an RRP of £52 for a 70cl bottle.