Just over a year ago, we crossed paths with a Scotch whisky of exceptional taste and quality. Exclusive to the members of the Flaviar community (more on that in a moment), Son of a Peat Batch 01 delivered a brilliant blend of smoke, sugar, and salt. You could even say the spirit was like a greatest hits compilation for your mouth, which was more or less how we described it. Gracing the bottle was Son of a Peat himself, a mysterious figure of the Clint Eastwood variety. Now, the legend has returned with a sequel, better known as Batch 02. Having tried it, we can assure you this dram is more “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” than it is “Speed 2: Cruise Control,” especially for lovers of smoky Scotch.
Blending a range of single malts from the Islay, Islands, and Speyside Regions, Son of a Peat Batch 02 interweaves multiple flavours to perfection. And while this non-chill filtered spirit shares the same DNA as its predecessor, it offers a little more maturity and sherry sweetness. On the nose are heaps of smoke, the kind of which will instantly make you think of labels like Laphroaig or Lagavulin. That peaty element follows through to the taste, where it’s joined by notes of sherry and honeysuckle. Also present are salient waves of brine, once again conjuring associations with some of Islay’s best labels. The finish, meanwhile, is long, smoky, and smooth. Sealing the deal is the spirit’s all natural colour and its respectable ABV of 47.2%.
Like the first batch, Son of a Peat Batch 02 is hand blended, bottled, sealed, and labelled for the members of the Flaviar community. For those unfamiliar with Flaviar, it introduces an online collective of alcohol curios and enthusiasts to some of the best and rarest spirits from around the world. Along with a monthly membership fee of US$20, you receive rotating boxes of 1.5oz samples, allowing you to try before you buy. You also gain access to limited edition releases like this one here. And when we say “limited,” we’re talking just 2000 bottles. At US$65 per bottle, it won’t be around for long.