.ancnoc – tushkar

Designed for the Swedish market, but somehow, we got hold of a bottle. The anCnoc distillery normally uses a non-peated malt for their whiskies, but they have been experimenting with various levels of peatyness and named the results after various peat-cutting tools.

46% abv, €50
single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour

Nose: sweet, honey, vanilla, fresh malt, menthol, eucalyptus, liquorice root, fruit, a hint of green apples, indistinct citrus, smoke
Palate: creamy, sweet, honey, smoky, spicy, whole black peppercorns, fruit, green apples, citrus, sweet blood oranges
Finish: sweet, honey, medium, menthol, eucalyptus, liquorice, campfire smoke
Mark: +++++ 
Conclusion: Very enjoyable. Refreshing even, as this was crafted with a malt of only 15ppm opposed to some heavily 40+ ppm peated Islay whiskies we normally get to taste. A good example of a non-Islay peated whisky, that keeps some of the original flavours of the spirit normally flowing through the stills. 

More info: A Tuskar is some sort of spade (pictured on the bottle).

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