Scotland and its Whisky

Scotland is known for lots of things, and probably one of the most famous things that springs to mind is WHISKY

Scotland is known for its rich varieties of whisky. There are so many distilleries (legal now). The production of Scottish whisky dates back to the 11th century. It has a very varied, mythological at times, history, much like Ireland the best whisky comes from fresh water and Peat/Heather Bogs. Authentic Scotch whisky is produced only in Scotland and left in oak casks for at least three years.

What is peat needed for in Whisky production, and how does the smoke flavour come into the Whisky?

The old Scots/Irish “illicit” stills used peat to heat the stills. The “smokey” peat itself is not the sole contributory factor to the taste, the water that runs through the moors, into the stills (freshwater burns and streams) contributes to the flavour, for sure, the pure water had a wee bit of peaty flavour too.. you cannot make up the true taste of Whisky!