A Flaughter is a shovel used to cut off the superior layer of the peat. It is visually represented on the bottle with an archaeological style and shows the peat new comer in An Cnoc’s range. This 14.8 ppm version is supposed to be more marked than its brother, the Rutter…
Nose : We are on a slightly austere profile with acidic notes (Granny Smith), candied lemon, very distinct mineral supplies and a buttery peat, lightly smoked. The butter/smoke ratio reminds us more of a Port Charlotte than of a Caol Ila. We have a few pear notes but the fruitiness is mainly put aside in favor of the peat and of the minerals. The opening adds a bit of pineapple, fresh mint and a sour hint (yogurt type). The prolongated opening gives a very creamy impression, slightly spiky. A very beautiful nose that sometimes lacks expressiveness despite an undeniable balance.
Mouth : From scratch it is well done and quite refreshing and balanced, but there ain’t any flavors explosion, never. It is a pretty linear mouth. We find some lemony white fish (with the citrus marked), a bit transparent, with still in the background this mineral that serves as common lead. There is also some salt, a bit too present, some oyster shell, mint and bitter almonds. A pretty mouth that keeps its measure but which components lack holding.
Finish : A bit too short, with a pretty brutal fall. We have some well smoked lemon and a mineral remain with a seaweed dash that lingers on Tequila. The aftertaste is more ethereal with lemon, minerals and a chimney smoke background.