anCnoc Peatlands

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
American oak ex-bourbon barrels
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L15/188 R15/5299
Added on
13 aug 2015 7:43 pm by Bostroem

Average value

€ 70.85

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Whisky reviews for anCnoc Peatlands

15 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.96 points.

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Well done, as a standard for 30-40 € would be something, ~ 60 € are a bit much for the enjoyment, but not outrageous for a limited test balloon.
    • Nose
      The smoke boils out of the sample bottle and shortly after pouring it, then it quickly becomes unobtrusively behind creamy sweetness, white chocolate, vanilla, a splash of lemon, lemon icing ... and a little artificial, tablets ... these small, bluish fluorine -Zahntabletten
    • Taste
      the kicks well, the smoke is quite strong for the 9 ppm, ashen, a bit earthy, with salt and pepper and a nice milk chocolate sweetness
    • Finish
      short ashes and milk chocolate, long pepper

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  3. claymore84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasted on 03-02-2022. 84-85

  4. Sporx scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Smoke, Vanilla, Menthol

    Smoke, spicy, vanilla, sweetish

    Medium length, sweetish, smoke

  5. Hoorhay scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Even the peat could cover up the youth and lack of complexity.

  6. Svjatogor scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    n: very fresh, peat, fruit, bonfire, citrus, sour, intense, pepper
    t: fruit, peat, bonfire, ash, spicy
    a: spicy, peat, sweet, ash, citrus

  7. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    This is vegetal tones writ large. It has a nice, rich texture, but too much fermenting produce for my tastes.

    It's hard for me to rate, because I suspect that if you like this kind of dram, this kind of unified profile might be something special and Knockdhu doesn't strike me as the type of distillery to do this by accident.

    Still, this was very interesting experience, if only to confirm that it is absolutely not for me.
    • Nose
      Lightly floral and earthy peat. It smells like my parents organic waste bin: random bits of rhubarb, apple and potato skins, offcuts of various green vegetables and maybe the odd cheese rind. Also damp stone
    • Taste
      Sweet and nutty courgette bread, plainly cooked parsnips, mechanically pressed, extra-extra virgin olive oil and light white pepper
    • Finish
      Gentle, effervescent ginger, mineral water, swedes, sugar beets, potato skins

  8. nok scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Citrousy on nose, lemonish, light smoke. In taste light body, bit salty, earthiness, smoky in light supporting form, not killing the whisky in different way. Easy drinking, little bit developing in another sip. I am not a huge fan of mainland peated whisky. Interesting in lower price range, as was said above, for 60 euro I would choose something else.

  9. tester1277 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Spicy, citrus, a little orange.
      Classic An Cnoc with a light smoke.
    • Taste
      Then sharp in the mouth with a pleasant smoke.
      Not earthy, but a little watery.
    • Finish
      Some fur remains on the tongue. Otherwise quite short and inconspicuous with a little smoke.

  10. Lexnoordsij scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

  11. Lexnoordsij scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    this is one of the examples of how a good whisky should look to me. Aromatic, slightly smoky and full of a long aftertaste. You will enjoy it all day long.
    Too bad the bottle is empty.
    • Nose
      aromatic, light rocky
    • Taste
      Spicy, full and smoky. A little tingling on the tongue
    • Finish
      Warm, with a woody smokiness that will last for a long time.

  12. MadScientist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  13. stollimaus did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The bottler An Cnoc posted on August 07, 2015:

    European exclusive 'anCnoc Peatlands' is launched.
    We're delighted to announce that a brand new regional exclusive has been added to our Peaty Collection – the dark but delicate Peatlands.

    This limited edition Scotch whisky will launch exclusively in Scandinavia, Western and Eastern Europe from 7th August 2015 with just 6,600 bottles available to purchase.

    Peatlands joins Tushkar, Rutter, Flaughter and Cutter in the award-winning collection, carrying the name of traditional peat cutting tools, bringing them into the spotlight as the unsung heroes. Like its sister expressions, it retains the signature dark smokiness but with a

    phenol content of 9PPM,

    Peatlands has a delicate and more gentle finish.

    Flavour notes of the liquid, which is iridescent amber in colour, begin with sweet citrus, underpinned by spicy cloves and nutmeg on the nose. To taste, the Peatlands offers sticky and creamy toffee richness, embodied by a lasting wave of a warm and woody smokiness.

    Matured for more than 10 years in American oak ex-bourbon barrels

    in the traditional dunnage warehouses at the enchanting Knockdhu distillery, Peatlands continues our mission to reinvigorate and bring a modern take to the world of peated whisky. This expression has been produced from the crystal clear highland spring water which runs through Knock Hill and forms the heart of every anCnoc distillate.

  14. Daan Tje scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  15. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Honey & Heather

    AnCnoc is one of those whiskies that I have not tried very often. But last winter it appeared on my radar when I encountered two expressions at the Antwerp whisky festival: Peatlands and the 1975 Limited Edition. Time for me to try some stuff from the Knockdhu distillery, I suppose. The Peatlands limited edition is part of AnCnoc’s Peaty Collection, next to Tushkar, Rutter, Flaughter, Cutter and Rascan (all names of tools of the trade to harvest peat). The malt was peated to (only) 9ppm.

    The nose offers sweet elements like toffee and vanilla, but also fresh citrusy notes. Some green apples. Pineapple on the BBQ. The whole is wrapped in a mildly smoky jacket. Some nutmeg and cloves. Honey and heather. Soft and beautiful.

    Soft and oily on the patate. I immediately get a warm touch of wood and peat, before the fruit shines through. Mostly citrus and a surprising hint of kiwi. Suddenly parsley shows up. Truly! But very, very good indeed.

    The finish can be called long, on smoky elements with a sweet touch at the death.

    Yes, good stuff? No peat in your face, which would be unbecoming for AnCnoc in my book. Around 65 EUR.

  16. Torfding scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A nice warming, pleasing malt with a somehow different but very pleasant peat smoke.
    • Nose
      lemony sweetness (somehow reminds me a bit of lemon curd or lemon cake), light and fresh, pleasantly peaty, green apples, a hint of nutmeg, some clove and vanilla
    • Taste
      full-bodied and caressing, young, somewhat peaty, caramel, warming wood notes, a hint of salt and a slightly sour note
    • Finish
      medium to long, pleasantly soft smoke, some pepper

  17. zinaf scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    It is a difficult whisky. Not an easy one and not really my style of peaty whiskies. Perhaps it is just too young? Of course it could be as old as 10yo as they started peaty runs in 2004, but I doubt it. It needs a bit more time in wood or more active casks. I cannot detect the nice ancnoc profile in this. The peat is just masking everything. 9ppm at new make is not a hell of a lot, considering Laphroaig and Ardbeg are over 20 but it really feels a lot.
    • Nose
      very peaty/smoky but somehow different from the Islay peatiness;  lemon freshness; very crisp nose. Hard to go pass the peat but once you do, there is a light vanilla. Let's try to open it with some water. Finally, the smoke is subdued and some sweetness comes through. Lemons rolled in sugar and vanilla.
    • Taste
      peaty, feels as much as Ardbeg TEN, i.e. very ashy. A woody dryiness. Also it feels a bit young and fiery. Sour and Salty. Sage. With water: It is a bit softer but still quite fiery on the tongue. The arrival becomes a bit creamier.
    • Finish
      long, on pepper, peat and then something medicinal - pills. With water some vanilla and marzipan


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