Peatside 10, 2011-2021, ex-Madeira Cask 5541, 53.2% – Kintra Whisky

Instead of ‘Tomorrow’ this review shows up 6 days after the previous Kintra Whisky. This one is an undisclosed whisky from a peated distillate. If memory serves even the bottler, Erik Molenaar, doesn’t know the distillery this whisky was made at.

Image from Whiskybase

Suffice to say that it’s not an Islay peated whisky, and personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be a Benriach, due to that fitting the character and the use of unorthodox casks.

Upfront there’s heathery smoke with a bit of salinity, but it’s not overly coastal. White chocolate with a hint of of rosemary. Hay and straw, a little bit of charcoal too.

Pretty sharp and not with a lot of aging to it. Lots of sharp alcohol, surprisingly so for the ABV. Peat, some salt, straw, heather, rosemary. Almost no sweetness.

The finish is a lot softer. Quite short, with mostly smoke and barley.

It’s quite sweet, due to the Madeira casks, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. The heathery smoke is quite nice and the herbaceous notes are too. Quite a ‘French’ dram from a flavor perspective. With this costing about € 60 it’s well priced too, but if that would be a tenner or two more expensive I wouldn’t be as happy.

As in, it’s a nice whisky for its price point, but it’s a bit lacking in complexity to be more expensive.



About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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