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Peated Whisky

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Laphroaig 10 Year Old Unblended Bottled 1986

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Port Ellen 1983-2011 | 28 Year Old Douglas Laing Old & Rare Platinum Selection Single Cask

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Port Ellen 1982-2001 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice

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Port Ellen 1983 | 32 Year Old Special Releases 2015 | 15th Release

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Ardnamurchan The Midgie Bottled 2024

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Vendor: Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers

Mac-Talla Oloroso Limited Edition

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Mac-Talla Flavourscapes Series Fogharach UK Exclusive Bottled 2023

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Mac-Talla Flavourscapes Series Fluran UK Exclusive Bottled 2023

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Vendor: Isle Of Harris

Isle Of Harris The Hearach Batch 9-12

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Vendor: The Spirit Of Yorkshire Distillery

Spirit Of Yorkshire Filey Bay Peated Finish Batch 3 Bottled 2023

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Vendor: Berry Bros & Rudd

High Coast 2012-2023 Berry Bros & Rudd Single Cask 4333

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Ardmore 2009-2023 Berry Bros & Rudd Single Cask 709317

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Vendor: Indie Brands

Lagg Inaugural Single Malt Batch 3 Bottled 2022

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Vendor: Distell

Ledaig Triple Wood Limited Edition

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Edradour Ballechin 2004-2023 | 19 Year Old | Madeira Casks 184+189

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Edradour Ballechin 2004-2023 | 19 Year Old | Manzanilla Casks 269+274+275

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Edradour Ballechin 2005-2023 | 17 Year Old | Burgundy Casks 327 & 334

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Ardbeg 1997 Very Young For Discussion Committee Reserve 2003

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Talisker 25 Year Old Special Releases 2005

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Bowmore 1971 | 34 Year Old Sherry Wood

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Longrow 10 Year Old Early 2000s

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Bowmore 21 Year Old Circa 2000

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Vendor: Kilchoman

Kilchoman 2012-2023 | 11 Year Old Founders Cask Release

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Ledaig 2005-2023 | 17 Year Old Signatory Vintage Single Cask 900038

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Caol Ila 2007-2023 | 15 Year Old Signatory Vintage Single Cask 4

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Ardmore 2009-2023 | 13 Year Old Signatory Vintage Un-Chillfiltered Collection Small Batch

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Vendor: Indie Brands

Lochranza Machrie Moor 10 Year Old

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Vendor: Gleann Mor

Undisclosed Islay 2013-2023 | 10 Year Old Rare Find Gleann Mor Single Cask 140

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Vendor: Distell

Black Bottle Captain's Cask | Alchemy Series Batch #5

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Vendor: Indie Brands

Lagg Corriecravie Edition

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Brora 35 Year Old Special Releases 2014

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Vendor: William Grant & Sons

Balvenie 17 Year Old The Week Of Peat

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Vendor: Gleann Mor

Bunnahabhain (Peated) 2013-2022 | 8 Year Old Gleann Mor Single Cask

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Bowmore 1997-2023 | 25 Year Old Rare Find | Gleann Mor Single Cask

£470.00
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Vendor: North Star Spirits

Bunnahabhain 2012-2023 | 10 Year Old North Star Spirits

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Ardnamurchan 2016-2023 | 6 Year Old Obscurities & Curiosities | North Star Spirits

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Vendor: Isle Of Raasay Distillery

Isle Of Raasay Single Malt R-01.1 | Gift Pack + 2 Glencairn Glasses

£65.00
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Vendor: Remy Cointreau

Octomore Edition 14.3 5 Year Old | The Impossible Equation

£195.00
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Octomore Edition 14.2 5 Year Old | The Impossible Equation

£155.00
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Octomore Edition 14.1 5 Year Old | The Impossible Equation

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Vendor: Adelphi

Ardnamurchan AD/09.23 Cask Strength

£65.00
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Ardmore 2009-2023 | 13 Year Old | The Single Malts Of Scotland

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Vendor: Douglas Laing

Bowmore 2015-2023 | 8 Year Old Douglas Laing Provenance Single Cask DL18156

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Vendor: Glenallachie

Meikle Toir 5 Year Old | The Chinquapin One

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Meikle Toir 5 Year Old | The Sherry One

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Meikle Toir 5 Year Old | The Original

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Finglassie (Inchdairnie) 2017-2023 | 6 Year Old James Eadie Single Cask 156

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Ardmore 2000-2023 | 22 Year Old James Eadie Single Cask 10/1

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Vendor: Kilchoman

Kilchoman 100% Islay 13th Edition

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Talisker Special Releases 2023

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Vendor: Marussia Beverages

Torabhaig The Legacy Series | Allt Gleann Batch Strength

£73.00
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Nikka Yoichi Single Malt Japanese Whisky

£76.00
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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Ardmore 1994-2023 | 28 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength

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Vendor: Alistair Walker Whisky Company

Staoisha (Bunnahabhain) 2013-2023 | 9 Year Old Infrequent Flyers | Single Cask 800076

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Vendor: Douglas Laing

Arran 2014-2022 | 8 Year Old | Provenance Coastal Collection

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Glenglassaugh Portsoy

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AnCnoc Peatheart Batch 3

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Benromach Contrasts 2012-2023 | Kiln Dried Virgin Oak Cask Matured

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Benromach Contrasts 2012-2023 | Air Dried Virgin Oak Cask Matured

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Lagavulin 11 Year Old The Manager's Dram | 2013 Release

£625.00
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Ardbeg 19 Year Old Traigh Bhan 2020 Release Batch 2

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Lochranza Machrie Moor

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Glenfiddich Fire & Cane Experimental Series #04 | Bottled 2023

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Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival 2015

£450.00
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Clynelish 12 Year Old Late 1970s

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MacNair's Lum Reek 10 Year Old | Cask Strength Batch 2

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Kilchoman Fino Sherry 2023 Edition

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Caol Ila 2012-2023 | 10 Year Old | Old Particular | Single Cask DL16893

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Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Edradour Ballechin 18 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 001

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Vendor: Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers

Mac-Talla Pedro Ximenez | Feis Ile 2023

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Edradour Ballechin 2009 | 13 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 001

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Edradour Ballechin 10 Year Old

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Benromach Contrasts 2014-2023 | Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured

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Ardmore 2012-2023 | 11 Year Old Berry Bros & Rudd Single Cask 9

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Vendor: The River Tweed Whisky Company

Highland Park Heather Smoke & Sherry | Cooper's Choice Single Cask #498

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Vendor: Remy Cointreau

Port Charlotte MC:01 2009 | 9 Year Old

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Ardmore 2012-2022 | 10 Year Old | Old Particular | Single Cask DL16980

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Caol Ila 12 Year Old | Darkness

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Ardbeg 12 Year Old | Darkness

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Caol Ila 1982-2022 | 40 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Single Cask 691

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Inchfad (Loch Lomond) 2007-2022 | 15 Year Old North Star Spirits

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Vendor: Hannah Whisky Merchants

An Islay 2009-2022 | 12 Year Old | Dalgety Casks 1 + 2 + 3

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Talisker Distillers Edition 2022

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Ledaig 2005-2022 | 17 Year Old Signatory Vintage Cask 900043

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Ardmore 2009-2023 | 13 Year Old Carn Mor Strictly Limited

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Inchfad 2005-2022 | 17 Year Old | Cask Noir Single Cask #430

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Ardmore 2012-2022 | 9 Year Old | Cask Noir Single Cask #803809

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Bunnahabhain 2014-2022 | 8 Year Old | Duncan Taylor Octave Cask 3834679

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Peated Whisky

Peated whisky is made by using barley that has been dried with peat smoke during the malting process. Peat is organic plant matter, particularly moss, that has partially decomposed and been compressed over thousands of years in the boggy terrain so abundant in Scotland and Ireland. 

The smoky flavour in your whisky comes from organic compounds in the peat smoke called phenols. When peat smoke is used in the malting process to dry the wet barley, some of the smoke’s phenols adhere to the outer skin (husk) of the barley grains. These phenols remain in the peated barley throughout the rest of the journey as it is fermented and distilled into whisky, although some of the whisky’s phenolicity is lost naturally during the distillation and ageing process. 

The strength of the phenolic peaty flavour in malted barley and whisky is measured in parts per million (ppm). Phenols are so potent in flavour that even low phenolic intensities of only a few parts per million can be detected and recognised as peatiness by our noses and palates. A batch of barley that is peated to 25ppm may produce a whisky with around 8-15ppm depending on distillation and maturation factors, and still taste incredibly smoky and peaty to us. 

Peated whisky is most closely associated with Islay, the Western Hebridean island home of world famous distilleries such as Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. These three distilleries (and the revived Port Ellen distillery) are all located on Islay’s south coast and have historically produced the island’s smokiest, peatiest whiskies. While other Islay distilleries such as Bunnahabhain and Bruichladdich traditionally produced unpeated or very lightly peated whisky, nowadays the demand for peated whisky is so high that all of Islay’s distilleries produce at least some peated or heavily peated single malt whisky each year.

Phenols are complex organic compounds, and the flavours produced in whisky from peated barley can differ widely depending on a range of factors in the whisky-making process. Some of these factors include how much of the barley’s husk is retained when it is milled before mashing, the length of fermentation, the distillation speed and the length of maturation.

When peat is burned to dry barley, it is burned slowly to maximise the amount of smoke. As a result, this smoke imparts different phenols carrying both earthy, mossy flavours from the partially burnt peat, and smoky, ashy flavours from the fully carbonised peat. The flavours in whisky caused by these different phenols are manifold and can be broken down and subdivided in various ways ad infinitum, but broadly speaking peated whisky flavours can be classified into three types: Earthy, Smoky and Medicinal. 

Some typical Earthy phenolic aromas and flavours include soil, moss, heather, seashells, bacon, smoked fish, turf and wet peat. Common aromas and flavours in the Smoky type include ash, bonfires, tar, bitumen, burnt cereals, woodsmoke and the like. In between these two main groups are the Medicinal flavours like TCP, iodine, creosote, carbolic soap, bandages and so on.

Peated whisky doesn’t just come from Islay, of course. In the old days before industrialisation and commercial maltings, most if not all of Scotland’s malted barley for whisky production would have been dried with peat, and the tradition remains in many of Scotland’s distilleries. Arran, Jura, Tobermory, Raasay, Highland Park, Talisker and Torabhaig distilleries all make peated single malt whisky too, and that’s just the Island distilleries. 

On the mainland, Ardmore, Benriach, Brora/Clynelish and Springbank are probably the most famous of the mainland distilleries that have made medium or heavily-peated malt whisky for decades, but peat is present to a lesser degree in the malt recipes of most Scottish distilleries - it’s not always obvious, but peated barley has a part to play in the complexity of many great Highland and Speyside drams from Longmorn and Glen Keith to Ben Nevis and Loch Lomond.

This is all a far cry from the dark days of the 1980s and early 1990s when peated, smoky whisky was out of fashion and distilleries like Bruichladdich and Ardbeg were faced with extinction. The turnaround was remarkable: in the mid to late 1990s, perhaps fuelled by memorable Port Ellen and Brora whiskies released in the Rare Malts series and Glenmorangie’s revival of Ardbeg, suddenly peated whisky came back into favour with a vengeance. 

By the early years of this century popular peated malts like Lagavulin 16-year-old were having to be strictly allocated at whisky retailers as there simply wasn’t enough stock following the cutbacks of the previous twenty years. And the peated whisky revival didn’t stop there - soon distilleries outside Scotland were getting in on the act too.

The Cooley distillery in Ireland was always a step outside the mainstream. Founded in 1988 as the only independent Irish distillery of the era, Cooley’s owners the Teeling family were able to call the shots for themselves, and decided to practise double distillation instead of triple distillation - and to launch what was at the time Ireland’s only peated single malt whiskey, Connemara, in the late 1990s at the height of the new craze for peated whiskies. Cooley’s Irish whiskey innovations caught the mood of the moment with adventurous whiskey fans eager to experiment and thirsty for all things peaty, opening the floodgates for peated whiskies made outside of Scotland. 

Meanwhile, over in Japan the Yoichi and Hakushu distilleries had begun making peated single malt whisky even earlier. Japanese whisky is dominated by the duopoly of Suntory and Nikka, who don’t follow the Scottish practice of swapping whisky with each other for blending purposes. This means that if they need smoky whisky for their blended whiskies they have to make it themselves - and that was exactly what was happening at Hakushu and Yoichi, whose long-aged peated whiskies from the 1980s and ‘90s are now highly prized, and change hands for prices that would have been unthinkable only ten years ago.

Today, the list of distilleries from all around the world that are making peated whisk(e)y is far too long to list here, but peated single malts are being made in countries including Sweden, Wales, Denmark, India, USA, and New Zealand just to name a few. From the doldrums of the 1980s, peated whisky is now more popular than ever - and long may it continue.

Peated Whisky