Peat’s Beast Twenty Five is a 25 year-old single malt whisky from Islay, produced by an undisclosed distillery. The company Fox Fitzgerald, established in 2010, is behind this brand – they also have the Rest & Be Thankful series among others.
Peat’s Beast 25 yo
(52,2%, Fox Fitzgerald 2017, 3000 btl.)
Nose: quite intense notes of tarry ropes and iodine, with creosote, subtle brine and black peppercorns. A little smoked ham and fresh hints of menthol and sea spray. In the background there is also a soft fruity theme, on apricots and lemons. Great depth and complexity.
Mouth: big peaty notes (certainly given the age) in a very medicinal style. Plenty of antiseptics, ashes, olive brine and smoked sardines. Some mature oak spices add extra punch. Linseed oil. Dried seaweed. Still a light fruitiness (peaches, grapefruits) in the background.
Finish: long, on pepper, hints of cocoa, gentian and tar.
A beautiful beast I must say, it combines intense Islay flavours in a rather elegant way. The intensity and medicinal flavour profile lead us towards Ardbeg… or maybe Laphroaig, which in any case makes the price quite reasonable. Recommended. Available from Master of Malt and a new batch from The Whisky Exchange.