Last in our Whisky Warehouse No. 8 quartet was a contrast between Braon Peat and Inchfad! I’d hoped to try Braon Peat but alas after ordering was informed it was no longer available – sigh… so the Inchfad 14 year was sent instead. Whereas with the Miltonduff substitution – clearly the PX Sherry 14 year trumped the ex-Bourbon 11 year, it was the opposite here – Braon Peat had the Inchfad beat!
So…. what did my tasting companions think of their dram?
Braon Peat Batch 7 (15 April 2019) 57.5%
- Nose – First whiff was smoked bacon, apples, sweet beef jerky then back to apples and pears
- Palate – An explosion – very sweet, peat, “feel meal deal!”, meaty with a great mouthfeel
- Finish – Smoke and spice and everything nice with a long finish
In short, they loved it! They particularly enjoyed how it was sweet peat, perfectly in balance.
What do the folks at Whisky Warehouse No 8 have to say about their Braon Peat?
The latest batch of Braon Peat lives up to its name ‘peat drop’ because ‘peat as peat can’ applies here! There aren’t many whiskies that showcase their peaty side with o much impact in the glass. This is mitigated with a little thinning, but then it’s not that much fun anymore. You’re really looking forward to the coming winter time with horiztonal sleet showers and cold feet. These will be the moments when you want the Braon Peat in your hip flask.
- Odour: Warm smoke with some dry dust, oily-fleshy with sweet molasses notes, machine hall, slightly herbal like dried oregano.
- Taste: The peat notes are in the foreground, the whiskey comes across as a bit meaty, while at the same time surprisingly herbal, as if the meat had been previously marinated in mallow leaves. Although one searches in vain for fruity notes, the whiskey has a slightly sweet taste. With dilution, some malty crispness is revealed and the peat notes are less meaty.
- Finish: Oily, intensely peaty with some black pepper and long lasting.
As for the Inchfad? It was more or less what we found when tasting with an earlier set.
What more did we have in our WW8 Regions set?
- Highland – Deanston 10 year (Sep 2009 – Oct 2019) Bourbon Barrel 57.3%
- Lowland – Port Dundas 10 year (26 Oct 2009 – 31 Oct 2019) Refill Sherry 47.9%
- Speyside – Miltonduff 11 years (8 Feb 1995 – 30 Oct 2015) Bourbon Hogshead 59.5%
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