Peat It, Peat It! Vol.2

Peat It, Peat It! Vol.2

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This Box contains 50ml samples of:

T.Rex-powered smoky treats of Islay

Peated Scotch
 is an acquired taste, but it’s one hell of a taste, to be honest. It’s also quite badass: the unmistakable smoky scents and flavors are the result of ancient alchemy - sorcery, really - that turns dead dinosaurs into delicious dram.
 
The majority of peated Whiskies come from the islands of Islay, known for primordial bogs of peat that’s reputed to bring the best flavors out of Scotch. Luckily for you, all three samples come from this peaty paradise.
 
The trick in creating such a delicacy like peated Whisky is turning decayed world into a fossil fuel (it grows back, don’t worry) and use it to smoke grains (usually barley). Bricks of peat are set on fire under grates on which grains are evenly distributed, and dried in order to be stored safely without losing their magical germinative capacity. That goes on for 30 hours, while the grains are infused with fumes and thingies called phenols - organic compounds that give peated Whisky that distinctive smoky flavor.
 
We can also use phenols to measure peatiness - the higher the number (PPM -  parts per million), the peatier the Spirit. The peatiest Whisky at the moment is Bruichladdich Octomore 6.3 with 258 PPM - the scientists call that “peaty AF” - while the legendary Lagavulin 16 clocks at 40 PPM.
 
The Whiskies that’ll introduce you to the treat of peat are Kilchoman Sanaig (50 PPM) with a lovely Sherry influence; Compass Box The Peat Monster (30 PPM) that combines Islay smoke and Highland peat; and Port Askaig 110 Proof (30 PPM) with an award-winning smoky character.
 
Peat may not be for everyone, but it’s true: once you go peat, you always go neat.
 
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Team Flaviar
 
SMARTASS CORNER
 
1) When it comes to Whisky, if there is smoke, there is also peat. False. While the two can occur together in the glass, a Whisky gets the peaty-aspect from the peat bricks set aflame to dry the grains while smoke most likely comes from the char inside the barrel in which it was aged. So they can co-habitate or fly solo.
 
2) Bog grows one millimeter a year. This means a bog that’s a meter thick is one thousand years old. Looks can be deceiving.
 
3) In bogs, once believed to be spiritual places, anthropologists and archaeologists have found corpses with preserved skin, internal organs, and even beard stubble due to the lack of oxygen, which slows decomposition. In some cases, bodies have been discovered with nooses around their necks and arrows through their chests.
 
4) The degree symbol in Port Askaig 100° Proof dates from an old proofing system no longer used but here it’s used to for a hint of nostalgia. This product is by today’s ratings 57.2% ABV.
 
5) An Islay old-timer’s funeral is not complete without the draining of a bottle of one of the island’s best, accompanied by the enthusiastic telling of stories about the deceased.
 
6) Peated Whisky is not limited to Scotland only. India’s Peated Amrut is an emerging classic, Japan is also bit on the peat, particularly at the Yoichi distillery, Swiss Saentis is an absolute hit, whilst in New Zealand the Manuka Smoke single malt has recently been introduced.
 
7) Peated Whisky-makers entered a pact long ago that forbid them from employing new oak in the aging and finishing process. Instead they use Bourbon and Tennessee Whisky barrels for aging and finish things up sometimes in casks used for sherry and port.
 
8) Kilchoman is the first Whisky-maker to set up shop on Islay in more than 124 years. Anthony Wills, otherwise known as Andy the Brave, is one of only two makers on the island to oversee malting, distilling, maturing, and bottling on site, plus that’s where he grows 30 percent of his barley.
 

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Member Reviews and Ratings of Peat It, Peat It! Vol.2
Nathan
Nathan,
The kilchoman wasn't smokey or peaty enough for me. The Askaig was good but had a little bit of a medicine taste at the end, the peat monster was great. I would probably recommend the Askaig or the Peat Monster to those who like smokey whiskey.
 
Jay
Jay,
They say peat whisky from Islay is an acquired taste.. I obviously haven’t acquired it yet. I’m glad I tried this sample box, but wouldn’t purchase these by the bottle.
 
Brett
Brett,
This was the first tasting box I tried with my friends. Loved the experience. Everyone had a different opinion on which one was their favorite.
 
Axel
Axel,
Great selection. Similar base and finish, but each is a completely different experience.
 
Robert
Robert,
Not what I was expecting but should be sampled by everyone who claims they like scotch
 
Ezra
Ezra,
Great selection and flavors!
 
Tim
Tim,
Mouth watering goodness
 
Bob
Bob,
Not bad but too Smokey for personal taste
 
Mihai
Mihai,
Very good smoked scotch choices
 
Michelle
Michelle,
110% was delicious #C. A was delicious as well, B was alright
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Overall good sample of scotch. Never tried heavily peated scotch before, but I'm not a huge fan. Still has great potential on the rocks or in craft cocktails.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
I didn't taste a whole lot of anything but smoke in this scotch. Even the peat seemed a little subtle compared to the oversmoked feel of this scotch. And I didn't detect anything underneath to round off the flavor. Tasted underaged, if anything.
Matthew
Matthew,
Sorry, this was meant specifically for the Peat Monster.
Richelle
Richelle,
Such a fun tasting! My boyfriend and I had never tried peated scotch before and we ended up LOVING it! Our new favorite!
 
Dan
Dan,
I really liked the Kilchoman Sanaig. Very smokey & peaty taste.
 
Jennifer
Jennifer,
Loved how peaty smoky these were. I liked Port Askaig and Kilchoman a lot. I’d put the Port Askaig slightly ahead of the Kilchoman but they are so different. I liked the wine and cheesy notes in the Port Askaig. Of the three, I liked Peat Monster the least.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Very Peat(y) if you dont like peat you will not like these.
 
Sal
Sal,
Loved this box. The differences are so present when you do side-by-side tasting. And boy, that peat definitely stands up and makes itself known.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
I agree it is an acquired taste, and I did not acquire it.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Peat it! Definitely present in these but enjoyable.
 
Liam
Liam,
Great taster! I think I found a few lore go to Scotch!
 
Robert
Robert,
Rough. I’m more of a bourbon guy, but cool to try.
 
Rusty
Rusty,
Loved all of these! Nothing beats a peaty scotch!
 
Dave
Dave,
Great stuff
 
Blake
Blake,
The name doesn’t lie and doesn’t disappoint. If you like the peat and Smokey flavor this is for you.
 
Seth
Seth,
I’m a highland/speyside type of guy. I want to love Islay, I really do and I’m trying and hoping that it is an acquired taste like IPA, but I’m not there yet. That said, two of theses three I really enjoyed more than most Islay whiskey I have tried. Not a huge fan of the Peat Monster, seemed to lack the complexity that the other two had. Having a hard time picking a favorite between the other two but both have beautiful sweetness and fruit behind the sample and peat.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
If you are a peat lover, this is for you. Not one for the people dipping their toes in.
 
Marcus
Marcus,
Great box, enjoyed them all. Great representation of what Islay has to offer.
 
Robert
Robert,
I enjoyed it.
 
Isak
Isak,
Absolutely lovely tasting box. All three are peaty delights.
 
Michael
Michael,
Pretty sound variety of experience within the box, despite all (obviously) having peat as a main feature. I don’t know that any of these will replace my staples but out of the three I’d probably buy a bottle of one to have on hand.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Good collection
 
Jackie
Jackie,
My first trial of peated scotch. They are definitely smoky. Not my preferred drink but I'm glad I tried them.
 
John
John,
New to scotch. So they were very interesting extremely smokey.
 
Ronald
Ronald,
A great tasting box. Loved the Askaig 110 proof.
 
Elwin
Elwin,
Kilchoman was very smooth Compass box has a strong peaty taste with a smooth finish Port Askaig was pure gasoline.
 
Sean
Sean,
Used my tasting box credit to try something outside my normal wheelhouse. That being said, I don’t think peated scotch is for me. Hard to differentiate between the samples, as the smokiness is almost overwhelming to the untrained palette. If your an experienced scotch drinker, have at it, but if you’re a novice like me, its hard to recommend as I truthfully couldn’t tell the samples apart.
 
Antti
Antti,
An outstanding assortment of Peated Scotch!
 
Ray
Ray,
If you like smoke and peat this is for you.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Good
 
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