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Peat whiskey.

…fashion peaty single malt [malt, peated single] Scotch whisky is quite an interesting phenomenon. What kind of Scotch with a smoky? What kind of Scotch with a smoked? And most importantly: how whiskey gets the peat flavor?

It is no secret that an important role in the perception of the drink plays its smell, and the perception of whisky flavour is perhaps not the first place.

What is a peat whiskey?

Let’s start from the beginning. Peat in the old days in Scotland, heat their homes and premises. So, in the whiskey production process and also peat dried malt, which subsequently produced the drink.

This is a peat whiskey.

Whiskey, which turned out, had the same “weird-burnt” smell and taste. It is quite hard to describe, but many describe this fragrance as the smell of bacon, the smell of smoked food, smoky rubber smell, the taste and smell of burnt wood [haze taste or coal], and the like.

Peaty whisky from the Isle of Islay [Islay]

The most famous on the market of peat samples produced on the island in Scotland called Islay , in Russian, reads [Isla]. It is located to the North of the Irish coast.

the map from the website islayinfo.com

Examples [peat whiskey]

You can guess that these samples are more burnt and less burnt. Here are a couple of curious examples from different sides of the spectrum.

[1] Laphroaig 10 — more “burnt”
A detailed review of Laphroaig 10

[2] Lagavulin 16 — less “burnt”
A detailed review of Lagavulin 16

But why on the island of Islay?

Distillery Laphroaig and Lagavulin are classified as the classic and highly respected, however, as others on the island of Islay. But why is this island such a high concentration of known peat distilleries? Whether there are special peat?

All a bit trivial. At some point, for the heating of houses and buildings began to use coal, because it is cheaper than banal. To deliver coal to the Islands was expensive and inconvenient, so there continued to heat the peat, respectively, and dried malts also continued burning peat.

The peat is there the most common, and the distilleries of Islay [Islay] gained a reputation as peat only because it was expensive to deliver coal.

photo from thestar.com

In our days peaty whisky is produced almost everywhere in Scotland and beyond, but to this day the most eminent peat distilleriesthat produce the most “burnt” samples remain on the island of Islay [Islay].

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