Into the Pungent Peats

Into the Pungent Peats

The pungent peat

AHH, THE PEAT

Early on in my exploration of whiskey, I was told that the more one gets into Scotch, the more one drifts toward the complex flavour of the peated whiskeys from the region of Islay. Indeed, I found it to be true. Though, I couldn't stay indefinitely.

Namely, because there are consequences.

  • You'll smell like a bonfire and likely find yourself sleeping on the couch—even if you do shower right after.
  • Your clothes will need to be washed immediately.
  • And you'll find yourself oh so tremendously thirsty throughout the night.

Still, there are side benefits.

  • You'll drink plenty of water.
  • And, given the peat seeping out of your pores, you might as well go ahead and smoke that cigar. 

But, all seriousness aside.

A peated Scotch is a Scotch-drinkers Scotch. It's like a fistful of Scottish earth in your hand. Chew it. Swallow it. Then start wearing kilts. Until you truly embrace the gorgeous tones and textures of peated whiskey, I'm not sure you can really call yourself Scotch lover. 

 

Here are some greats to start with. 

  • Entry level: Bunnahabhain lightly peats their Scotch as does the Campbeltown's Kilkerran so your first experience is a bit more mellow. 
  • Distinct and full of character: Laphroaig, while also smokey, treats your pallet to a nice blend of peat and oak. 
  • Hardcore peat: Port Charlot boasts a heavy peat and Ardbeg Uigedal puts a definite stake in the bog, if you will, claiming to be Scotch's most-peated whiskey. 

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