Peated Whisky is polarising— people either love or hate the smokey flavour that Peated Whiskies are famous for.
Peat is a damp muddy build-up of moss and grassy roots that are dug out of bogs (muddy fields) often on the distillery’s grounds. These peat bogs have developed over centuries as layers of slow-growing mosses and grasses have grown over themselves and started to decompose.
The Peat is dug out of the ground in sods (chunks) and left to air dry in the field. The sods are then thrown onto a fire on the bottom level of the Malting warehouse. The moss, grass and roots burn slowly due to the high moisture content in the mud, this produces a lot of smoke which rises up to the higher levels of the malthouse through the floorboards.