Friday, March 10, 2017

Tasting: Chapter 7. Peatside 2009 - 6 Years Old Blended Scotch Whisky



Chapter 7.
Peatside 2009 – 6 Years Old
Cask no. 5511

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky.
Non Chill-Filtered

Distillery: Undisclosed
Bottler: Chapter 7
Region: Speyside
Age: 6 Years Old
Proof/ABV: 46%
Distilled: 2009
Dk price: $73USD/500Dkk.  
Release: Limited 429 bottles release
Cask: Barrique Cask – Port cask finish

Points: 89/100


Even though independent bottler Chapter 7’s main focus is Single Malt Scotch, from single casks, bottled at cask strength, a handful of blended Scotch malts have also found their way into Chapter 7’s catalog, like this “Peatside” I have in my glass tonight.

Peatside is at least 6 years old, vatted together from an unknown number of casks, from a numbers of undisclosed Speyside distilleries in Scotland. After being vatted together, it has matured in a tawny port pipe for about eight months.

Normally I’m not the kind of guy who spends his reviews, talking about coloring profiles in whiskies… But Man… Would you look at that amazing Rosé Wine color!

Nose:
Just as the name of the whisky alludes, there’s a substance note of peat upfront. salty, earthly and floral sweet, and a bit of bonfire beach party going on in the distance. Deep, complex and oh so enjoyable.   

Palate:
Maybe that faint pink color is playing a trick on me, but I do get a dry Rosé wine taste upfront, followed by almost a Talisker peatness, and hints of leather, tobacco and some spicy heat playing around in the back seat.

Finish:
Medium long with sweet tobacco and bonfire. 
Overall Impression:
The only downside with this whisky is, that my sample is all gone, because I’m digging this whisky way too much for my own good, so I defiantly needs to get hold on a bottle, and for $73USD it’s a deal, it’s a steal, it’s the sale of the century…

46% is spot on (don’t spoil it with water) and just enough to keep it in the game, without the alcohol heat is stealing the show. Very complex for a 6 years old whisky, and my guess is that way older whisky is blended in this whisky, but who cares, as long as it gets the job done, and boy it does.   

Photo & Review By: Hasse Berg


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