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May 29, 2009 05:31 PM

What's the peatiest, smokiest scotch?

i love lagavulin, talisker, laphroig, oban, mccallan. what are the other peaty, smokey scotches out there?

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  1. I'd have to vote for Laphroaig as being #1 on the peat smoke scale, but Macallan?

    1. Ardbeg, Caol Ila. Not Macallan. I had the Ardbeg Uigeadail at a festival and thought it tasted like licking a campfire (and I like smoky scotch).

      1. Well, technically speaking, the Scotch with the highest concentration of peat is Bruichladdich Octomore, weighing in at 130 ppm (parts per million) of peat phenols. Second would be Ardbeg Supernova at 100 ppm. Those are both quite hard to find and pricey though.

        For something more affordable and accessible, you might want to try Ardbeg 10 (or really, any Ardbeg, but the 10 is the best bang for your buck), Bruichladdich Peat or Smokehead.

        1. You could also try "The Peat Monster" from Compass Box and "The Smokey Peaty One" from Jon, Mark & Robbo.

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          1. re: DavidT

            I've tried "The Peat Monster" and boy, is it peaty, and I don't mind that, but I found it otherwise thin, rather unbalanced. All peat with not enough support, if you will. JMO.

            1. re: comestible

              You may like Caol Ila then, It's a bit stronger than Peat monster and more put together. However, it's more smoke than peat, almost like inhaling a barbecue

          2. Connemara 12 Year from Ireland might interest you too...

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            1. re: Steve_K

              I'll second the Connemara, I search out bars and restaurants that have it.