Whisky Focus - anCnoc Peatheart Review

anCnoc Peatheart

3rd November 2017
anCnoc release Batch 1 of their new Peaty Collection single malt anCnoc Peatheart.

anCnoc PeatheartanCnoc Peatheart is the latest addition to the so far outstanding anCnoc Peaty Collection range of whiskies. Up until now the collection has been a series of limited releases, all of which took their name from traditional peat cutting tools and processes associated with peat gathering. Well it had to happen eventually, they appear to have run out of names associated with peat gathering so now we have the anCnoc Peatheart.

anCnoc Peatheart was matured for more than 10 years in American oak ex-bourbon barrels, it is non chill-filtered, natural colour and bottled at 46% ABV in a distinctive black glass anCnoc bottle which reflects the look and feel of a peaty whisky.

Notably different in this release is that the bottle label states that the new whisky is "HEAVILY PEATED" and has a phenol content of "40 PPM", when I queried this anCnoc confirmed that this is a measure of the phenol content of the peated barley that was used in the distillation process to create the whisky.

Previous bottlings in the Peaty Collection also stated the phenol content but this was the measure of the peatiness of the whisky that was in the bottle so in comparison Peatheart may appear to be the peatiest whisky to be released in the range to date but when I questioned what the PPM of the whisky in the bottle actually is I was told "The PPM of the liquid in Peatheart has been measured as 12.8 PPM total phenol" so it falls short of the peatiest whisky in the collection so far, the anCnoc Cutter, which weighed in at 20.5 PPM, but still a little more than the 11 PPM of the anCnoc Rutter.

I did like the fact that anCnoc previously stated the phenols PPM content of the whisky in the bottle and it would be great if this was the standard practice amongst all whisky brands who express the PPM content, but it isn't. Almost all whisky brands which disclose the phenols PPM content only disclose the PPM of the barley used in the distillation process, and with Peatheart, anCnoc is falling into line with others but it could give whisky drinkers who have enjoyed previous anCnoc Peaty releases the idea that they are going to experience something more heavily peaty than they have had previously from anCnoc.

Also notable is the new anCnoc Peatheart has a Batch number, there will be 33,000 bottles available worldwide in Batch 1 and it is estimated that this batch will deplete over the next year or two.

Although there are no other peat cutting tools for anCnoc to take inspiration from for further limited releases, as well as the batch releases of Peatheart there may still be some special limited editions in the future who's names will be inspired by the taste profile of the whisky.

I haven't yet had the pleasure of tasting anCnoc Peatheart but I will certainly update this page with my thoughts on the whisky when I do, meanwhile the official tasting note is below.

anCnoc Peatheart has a RRP of 52 and will soon be available from specialist whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

anCnoc Peatheart Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: An initial smoky burst surrenders to a surge of fruitiness. Ripe pears and the citrus notes of apples and limes with just a touch of tobacco in the background. The nose is balanced yet an undeniable smoky sweetness prevails.

Taste: Smoke laced with leather and sweet stewed apples. Chocolate is there too, perfectly complemented by sweet vanilla and zesty lemon.

Finish: The finish has a lingering warmth with a floral smokiness.

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