anCnoc releases Peatheart Batch 2 for global market

anCnoc releases Peatheart Batch 2 for global market

anCnoc releases a second batch of its permanent peated single malt expression

News | 08 Oct 2020

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anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky continues its journey to the ‘dark side’ with the global release of Peatheart Batch 2, the second consignment of its award-winning permanent peated expression.

After a limited release in Sweden, this second bottling from the distillery will now be available to drinkers around the world. It follows the international success of Peatheart Batch 1, which was launched in 2017 and won a category gold medal at the World Whiskies Awards in 2019.

Batch 2 features the same smoky, mellow wood notes and phenol content as the original – coming in at 40ppm (parts per million) ¬– but this time a subtler smokiness is balanced with anCnoc’s brighter, fruitier flavours. On the nose there are flavours of peat smoke and barbecue, and a dark, rich tone of baked toffee apples. The palate offers spun sugar-sweetness, rich smoke, and fudginess, with an inviting weight and good legs to the dram.

Crafted at Knockdhu Distillery, in the small village of Knock in Aberdeenshire, Peatheart uses peated barley in production to add a rich, smoky twist to anCnoc’s classic new-make spirit. This batch uses a mix of de-charred and re-charred hogsheads, as well as American Oak ex-bourbon barrels; distillery manager Gordon Bruce noted that “with peaty new-make spirits, [the two different casks] work so well together.”

But this isn’t the only factor that comes into play: “The type of peat we use is very important to us as well”, commented Gordon. “The phenol content of the Peatheart is 40ppm, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. We use an Aberdeenshire peat, which has got very low levels of cresol and glycol. These give us a nice, very subtle, woody and ash wood smoke.”

“The peaty range now sits alongside our signature anCnoc whiskies to give drinkers two very distinctive sides to our whisky. Whether it’s a dram from our ‘dark’ or ‘light’ side, both represent our commitment to using the best traditional techniques and craftsmanship to make a very modern single malt whisky.”

Presented in an opaque black bottle and tube, with glints of bronze and white, the new release is set to be a perfect gift for whisky fans over the Christmas and New Year season.

anCnoc Peatheart Batch 2 (40ppm) is bottled in 70cl at 46% ABV, non-chill filtered and with natural colour. 1700 cases of the new batch are available in the UK and for global markets, sold in independent and specialist retailers and whisky shops at an RRP of £52.

For more information see the anCnoc website.
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