Peated whiskies offer varying levels of distinctively smoky flavour. For information on the process of peating and examples of great peated whiskies to try, see the articles below.
Peated whisky can seem like a difficult beast to tame, especially when it comes to mixing. In less-than-deft hands the smokiness can prove overpowering, masking other flavours.
Scotch is seen as the most sacred of the whisky family, and people can get pretty protective over what you do with it. Contrary to
For those that are new to the world of Scotch whisky it can seem a daunting task to keep up with all that is going on or to decide on which flavour and style of whisky to take a punt on.
Peated whisky is given a smoky flavour by compounds which are released by the peat fires used to dry malted barley. The Length and intensity of exposure to the peat smoke dictates the strength of this flavour as do the characteristics of the peat itself. But how did this style of whisky come into being and why has it now so popular?