A Rutter is a shovel used to separate peat blocks. These were used for the new peat range from An Cnoc (Knockdhu). At 11ppm, it is however a quite moderate supply.
Nose : The peat is, as expected, pretty light. It lets the dram breathe and we perceive some soft fruits (pears, white peaches). The vegetal supply is non-negligible with cut grass, dead leaves, a bit of coriander with some vanilla and almonds cream that comes a bit too much ahead. It is pretty light as a whole with a mineral and salty supply that comes late. A tender nose, a bit coastal but well done. The vanilla and fruity notes are fortunately completed by a mastered vegetation.
Mouth : The entry is, like at nose, marked by a global lightness and a pretty soft texture. The peat is still retained and let vegetal notes appear (cut grass, aniseed, orange-tree), salt, light vanilla alongside white peaches and pears. We have a bit of dry malt and spices (white pepper) in the second part of the mouth. It is well done even if it lacks some punch. It is typically the easy mouth kind, pleasant but empty of any angle of attack, a bit bland all in all.
Finish : Correct even if it clearly lacks amplitude. We find again the light and buttery peat, the light fruitiness (with green apples in addition) and dead leaves on the finish and the aftertaste.
An Cnoc – Cutter – 2014 – 46% | Whisky And Co10 avril 2016 at 16 h 58 min
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