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April 2015
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Peat is the black gold

Islay and Jura Peat © Béatrice Delamotte

Peat is the black gold of these islands. This fossil fuel, which inhabitants still use to heat their homes, has made the reputation of the eight distilleries on Islay and the one on Jura. Softly burning away, this fuel emits very unusual notes, which in turn flavour the malted barley that is then distilled before finally making up several of the most famous whiskeys in the world. Christian monks brought over this ancestral knowledge from Ireland during the High Middle Ages, still continuing to endure today.

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