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anCnoc Peatheart Batch 3 Review


22nd September 2023
Review of Batch 3 of the peaty anCnoc Peatheart,  deliciously moreish sweet peaty dram packed with anCnoc's signature honey, lemon and a touch of oak spice all infused with sweet peat that would satisfy any peaty whisky fan.

The eagerly anticipated addition to anCnoc's esteemed limited edition Peatheart series, Batch 3, was released during the summer of 2023, which I am sure was much to the delight of anCnoc enthusiasts who have been eagerly awaiting its release since the introduction of Peatheart Batch 1 in 2017, followed by Batch 2 in 2020.

The skilled Distillery team meticulously crafts Peatheart whiskies, carefully balancing the use of peated barley. These whiskies are then matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks, allowing the light, honeyed, and citrusy notes of anCnoc to harmonize perfectly with the rich, velvety, and smoky flavours reminiscent of a barbecue.

anCnoc Peatheart Batch 3 is said to showcase these remarkable qualities, while also introducing a slightly more pronounced fragrant grassiness, accompanied by heightened notes of green apple and citrus that elegantly cut through the oily smokiness.

In addition, I am told that this latest batch pioneers a new approach to help discerning drinkers gauge the level of peatiness in their bottle. It achieves this by providing two ppm (phenol parts per million) indicators: one for the barley and another for the finished whisky. The peat smoke utilised during production imparts a unique phenol level to the barley. For Peatheart Batch 3, anCnoc's Master Blender has selected barley with a 34ppm rating. It is important to note that phenols are lost during the whisky-making process, so the ppm of the whisky itself is the most crucial factor in understanding its peatiness. In the case of Peatheart Batch 3, the whisky registers at 13.3ppm, signifying a bold yet mellower peated dram.

You will find anCnoc Peatheart Batch 3 available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

anCnoc Peatheart Batch 3 Review


Bottled at 46% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Creamy vanilla caramel, a lemon, pear and green apple fruit mix all infused with a lovely gentle sweet peat smoke.

Taste: Creamy vanilla with a gentle lemon citrus edge leads, this is quickly overtaken by deliciously sweet peat smoke with a lovely gentle honeyed and oak spiced edge.

Finish: Long, the sweet peat now with a more honeyed edge peaks then slowly fades, still has a thread of lemon, a lovely lingering gentle oak spice and a wee touch of late liquorice.

Comment: A deliciously moreish sweet peaty anCnoc dram that would satisfy any peaty whisky fan. Simply put this is anCnoc's gentle sweet peat accompanied by some lovely signature anCnoc honey, lemon and a touch of oak spice. If these releases are only going to come out every 3 years then I would suggest grabbing some while you can.

SMW Whisky Score 93/100
 

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