BLIND TASTING NOTES: Aroma has a strange kind of smoke. Burnt plastic and burnt twigs, some bubblegum. Touch of seared pineapple. Milky - like slightly sour milk. Taste is restrained smoke to start, building greater and then a bigger punch in the finish. No linger to it - it stops short. Very one-dimensional and it's totally 'empty' behind the smoke. I'm thinking it could be an under-par edition of Ballantruan or a new entry-level peated Speyside. Bitter in the finish despite an overall impression of youth. There's a soapiness. Hmm... I'll not be buying a bottle of whatever this is! 2.75/66
OBSERVATIONS POST-REVEAL: I don't have much of a benchmark for Peat's Beast bottlings. I scored the standard bottling an 85 and so in that knowledge I would have approached this 27yo edition with some expectation. The difficulty with an older peated expression of a brand called something like 'Peat's Beast' is always going to be retaining and emphasising the peat - there's no issue with that here though - it seems to achieve that but at the cost of offering nothing else, and the age brings a bitterness. I would have preferred a loss of even more of the peat in exchange for a more complex flavour.