The smokiest whisky from the anCnoc Peaty range – Peatheart! The Knockdhu distillery has used barley malted to 40 PPM (for perspective, Highland Park whiskies sit at around 20 PPM, while Ardbeg whiskies weigh in at about 50-55 PPM) and it was aged in ex-bourbon barrels before bottling at 46% ABV.
Nose: Shortbread, oakcakes, pipe tobacco leading towards earthy peat smoke. Lighter notes of citrus peels and vanilla ice cream.
Palate: Chocolate malt, a touch of BBQ meat, cinder toffee and cardamom seed.
Finish: Surprisingly refreshing on the finish – smoke still persists, but notes of green apple and orange blossom develop alongside it.