CATEGORY: Blended Malt.
DISTILLERIES: Talisker, Miltonduff and Ardbeg.
BOTTLER: Compass Box.
BOTTLING SERIE: Arcana.
CASK TYPE: Custom Hogsheads, French oak cask ends.
NUMBER OF MALTS: 8328
ABV: 46% Vol.
HOW DOES FRENCH OAK INFLUENCE PEATED WHISKY? A combination of American oak bodies with toasted French oak heads, the custom barrels generate compelling flavours for them. Yet until 2016, their effects on smoky whisky remained something of a mystery.
They took three French oak custom casks which had already been used to mature their Highland Malt Blend and filled them with a cask strength version of The Peat Monster. More than two years later, the French oak had imparted extra creaminess, spice notes and a chocolatey profile – it had also mellowed the whisky’s smokiness. What started as The Peat Monster became something rather different.
Peat Monster Arcana celebrates mysteries but there will be no secrets. This is a blend of malt whiskies from the Talisker, Miltonduff and Ardbeg Distilleries, together with this assertive and spicy experiment. They sense that there are plenty more discoveries to be made regarding the impact of French oak on Scotch whisky.