Why This Bottle?
Part “b” of this two-part exploration into some bizarre whisky experiments is the intriguing Glengarriff Peat Charred Cask from West Cork. Single malts around the world have used many new techniques to get that peat flavour into their whisky without using barley malted with peat smoke. We’ve seen many use casks that previously contained peated whisky, we’ve seen people smoking already malted barley with peat, and we’ve even seen people smoking a full cask of whisky with peat smoke. But this one is as far as I can tell, a unique method. Using peat to actually char the oak, before filling the cask with whisky. Very cool indeed.
Strath Panel Tasting Notes
It sounds like it makes no sense, but it’s a very clean dirt flavour. Like a pristine mound of soil. There’s a sweetness too, like a tree sap – though not as rich and sweet as maple syrup. Birch perhaps? Almost more floral. Imagine if a lilac tree had sap – perhaps it would be something like that.
Upon further exploration, there are peaches and golden plumbs with orange syrup and pecans.