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Peated Irish Whiskey Peated whiskey is the most exciting and under-appreciated opportunity in the Irish whiskey industry at the moment. A rather large statement, you might think, but allow me to explain why. The first peated whisky I ever tasted was the formidable king of Scotch, Johnnie Walker Black Label - not the mildest starting point for a peat novice. In my opinion, smokiness or a peat-like character in a whiskey is a quality similar to marmite. You either love it or you hate it. In most cases, you’re not enamoured by the flavour, but eventually, you grow to both appreciate and enjoy it. When I was first introduced to this flavour I wasn’t massively impressed, but now I’m one of the biggest Octomore fans you’ll ever encounter! It is impossible to discuss peated whiskey without mentioning Scotland. The Scots have earned their well-deserved reputation for perfecting this style of whisky, with a huge proportion of Scotch brands producing the liquid with varyin
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