The same is also true when we talk about medicinal and iodine in the whisky. What is the differences between these two aromas/flavours ?
Whereas Laphroaig especially, Ardbeg ,Lagavulin and Caol Ila also, have more extreme earthy peat, and barbecued kipper smoke, but are much more medicinal, as in TCP, bandages, hospitals...or in the case of Ardbeg, as my mother put it so scathingly eloquently "It smells like something you'd use to clean the toilet."
Ah, that would be "pine" you'd be getting on the nose there, mother!
Hope this helps!
Lagavuiln 16 = rich peat
Ardbeg 10 = vege peat
Laphroaig QC = Medicinal iodine. think hospital
Laphroaig: medicinal(plus other elements)
Ardbeg 10: tar, rubber,(plus other elements)
Longrow CV: Smoked meats, kippers
Benriach 10 Curiositas: Heavy campfire smoke
Yoichi 10/12/15: Peat
Karuizawa 17: Smoke and ashy dryness.
I should mention that the water used in Karuizawa's has been filtered through volcanic rock.
However this time we are particularly going to limit our tasting to 8 wiskies. Those will be pareticularly peaty/smokey wiskies and we have almost all of those you mentionned above.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but last time we did so, we both tasted the kind of medicinal thing in the Caol Ila 12Yo as well.
Collector57 wrote:or carbolic soap, or TCP
TCP is what Connemara's Peated Malt tasted like to me. I could barely finish the half measure in my taster tray as I was having the sweats and palpitations!
I got a lot of charcoal in Talisker when I tried it last year.
Personally, not my cup of whisky really.
charlano wrote:What are the differences between these two aromas/flavours ?
Do yourself a favour and buy Andrew Jefford's excellent PEAT SMOKE AND WHISKY (a treatise on Islay and its whiskies that has been available in soft cover for some time now)... Well worth settling into a comfortable chair with this book and something tasty alongside (and smoky-peaty!) to sip on.
Last time we did so we tasted 17 different whiskies. At the end, we couldn't taste anything !
I love this quote
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scribe wrote:...and is it really possible to taste different kinds of peat, depending on the vegetable matter available in the area? Can you have flowery peat, as opposed to seaweedy peat?
Absolutely. When I think of "flowery" peat, the heather-imbued variety usitlized by Highland Park immediately comes to mind.
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