Last year, the folks at Flaviar, a digitally based spirits club, tried an experiment. They combed through their extensive database of customers’ preferred flavor notes and then reverse engineered a spirit to appeal to some of the most popular tastes. The result was Son of a Peat, a blended Scotch whisky with a pretty self-explanatory name. The venture was a success and now Flaviar is back at it again with Son of a Peat Batch 02.
Yes. Son of a Peat is, indeed, quite peaty. More on that later.
“Years of analyzing data and customer reviews on our platform has helped us understand what a perfect peated malt is for our members, and also what someone new to peated whisky, would enjoy as their first experience of a peated Scotch,” said Grisa Soba, co-founder of Flaviar, in a prepared statement. “With Son of a Peat we’ve been able to satisfy both camps, those that have already fallen for peat and those just starting to explore the peated Scotch world.
The prodigal Son’s second incarnation is a blend of nine whiskies from Islay, Islands, Speyside, Highland. ABV clocks in at a respectable 47.2%.
Aging utilizes hogshead, sherry butt casks, and used bourbon casks. Flaviar is also keen to note that the juice is non-chill filtered and contains no coloring whatsoever.
This second run produced 2000 750ml bottles.
And, the bottles are pretty unique in appearance. The labeling features a sort of post-modern, comic book style of art. Accordingly, the accompanying text alludes to an anti-hero character also named ‘Son of a Peat.’
The legend informs us that Peat is a “vigilante” as well as a “a product of our time.” His loved ones are “Dead. Gone forever.” (Yeah, this story is surprisingly heavy.) Also, “fueled by peat,” he fights back and makes Scotch.
“His creations, much like himself, are Dark. Heavy. Intense. Yet, they’re laced with gentle memories of his childhood—the memories that keep the man alive,” we’re told. “The Peat loves him and he loves the Peat, his only family left.”
Son of a Peat Batch 02 pours as a rich amber.
A sniff delivers whiffs a campfire kind of smoke, salty seawater, vanilla, and caramel.
As for the taste, there are the obvious, primary elements of brine and smoke. But, there’s also a nice blend of stone fruit and honeysuckle lending sweetness as a counterweight. Then, there’s some ash punctuated by lots of caramel and vanilla. The finish is bittersweet—literally and metaphorically.
To be clear, this is not some sort of Bruichladdich Octomore nuclear peat explosion. Son of a Peat Batch 02 features lots of peat—for sure. Yet, peat is not the only flavor, nor is it overwhelming. This whisky is well crafted and extremely balanced; while smoke and salt are dominant, they are out to pay with others not obliterate the field.
All in all, a solid bottle.
Son of a Peat is priced at $65 a bottle, available only to Flaviar members via a lottery system.