First Impression: Limeburners Peated

[48.0%・NAS・Official Bottling]

Nose:

Spirit driven and rather piercing on the nose.  Wet grass and mud, yet just a faint presence of smoke.  Wood chips and limestone with a curious red brick note slabbed on top of a base of floral tones.

Palate & Finish:

Sugar melting into butter as the oily spirit takes centre stage; rather green with bits of peat attaching themselves onto the teeth whilst the sugary content runs on.

Hint of menthol with traces of cough syrup residues giving a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Thoughts:

Last year’s peated release was a single cask, this year’s has been vatted; to me this is not necessarily a minus, not every barrel of whisky is destined to be released as a single cask and Australian distilleries in particular need to understand that.

I applaud the Limeburners guys’ foresight in recognising the significance of putting out a good vatted, non-cask strength expression.  The peated release should become more matured and more importantly, more consistent over the next few years.

Side note:  I wonder if the “Australian peating method” will ever catch on?

-Nicholas