This post is the second installment in the review post series for the three new peated whiskys from AnCnoc. In the first review, we looked at the Rutter, more lightly peated at only 11 ppm. It’s worth noting that parting from industry standard, AnCnoc measures the peat level in the whisky itself as bottled.
This whisky is bottled at eight years old.
How does the peatiness level measure up? As I mentioned in the Rutter post, all three expressions are peatier than the Talisker 10 and less peaty than the Islay big three (Lagavulin 16, Laphroaig 10 and Ardbeg 10).
Again, as this sample was shared by Yoav, I’ll point you to his thorough review here together with my thanks.
AnCnoc Flaughter– 14.8 ppm (46% ABV, NCF, NC)
Color: Light straw, well spaced legs.
Nose: Pears, the peat comes in behind, fresh cherries, syrup, cooked sweet fruit, more baked pears, and the the peat shyly hiding behind the fruit.
Palate: Sweet, lots of green pears (the ones that are just getting really sweet, but still retain their hardness) with smoky peat. The peat is gentle, and more smoky than maritime – different from the Islay peat.
Linger: Long with sweetness and fruity notes, slightest hint of vanilla and the cast rears its head very gently with some oaky notes.
This, to me, is the best of the three peated expressions, and I hope that if any of these become a permanent addition to the core range, that it be the Flaughter,