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Peat or not to Peat?

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@Lee
Lee started a discussion

I always believed I didn't like Islay malts. This was because I was bought a miniature set from M&S by a friend a few years back. They were disgusting. For christmas 2009 my parents bought me a Talisker and a Cragganmore both with peaty flavours and I have to admit I have a new found taste for them. They're still not my preferred choice but they've got a hook to them that keeps me interested in trying others.

14 years ago

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@jeanluc
jeanluc replied

Talisker is what got me into peat too. Now I'm hooked, although I appreciate the full breadth of whisky falvours...

14 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 replied

I like both, but currently prefer the non-peated. I'm still growing into the peated drams.

14 years ago 0

@rhavers
rhavers replied

Until I joined the SMWS I was 80% peat, now it's reversed so I'm 20% peat!

14 years ago 0

@jeanluc
jeanluc replied

@rhavers That's a funny statement in itself :-)

14 years ago 0

@yossiyitzak
yossiyitzak replied

I'm 60/40 with the peat - 40% peat lover, 60% non or lightly peated malts. I have to say that my good friend Gal in Israel got me back into peat. I need to thank him for opening my eyes a wee bit more. And now, with the temps in New England being below freezing most days and the constant threat of snow, I lean much more toward the peaty drops!

14 years ago 0

@TommieJones
TommieJones replied

I was baptised by Talisker and married to Islay!

14 years ago 0

@Stu_R
Stu_R replied

Both depending on mood for sure. However, day to day I often end up back with Caol Ila for a peaty dram rather than going for the heavier hitters.

14 years ago 0

@WhiskyNotes
WhiskyNotes replied

I'm certainly not a peathead. I prefer delicate peat, like in old Ardbeg, Brora or some Port Ellen. After 30 years or so, the peat influence is just right.

14 years ago 0

@Stu_R
Stu_R replied

WhiskyNotes, I agree totaly. The peat in Brora's (particularly the more delicate examples) really appeals to me.

14 years ago 0

@Fkeulema
Fkeulema replied

My first peated whisky was a Laphroaig 10yo and it was love at first sight. Altough, I have to admit that one of the best whisky I drunk was a non peated one: Yoichi 1988 (20yo).

14 years ago 0

@PeatAndMeat
PeatAndMeat replied

Lets face it, whisky isn't all about peat! So its not as black and white and question suggests .... I think there is a macho-ism about only liking heavily peated whiskies, which I try to stay away from.

Sure, I like a good peaty malt - especially in the winter months - but I also really enjoy the spicy woody flavours you get in whiskies like Tomatin and the cleaner crisper examples like Dalwhinnie.

14 years ago 0