Anyway, the Peat on Islay is good for a few hundred years yet and yes, it is renewable, albeit slowly.
I will try and find where I found the full story and post further details here.
Bord na Móna (The Turf Board)
according to the British Forrestry Commission there are 124.000 hectars of blanket bogs managed by the commission, most of it in Scotland.
That does not include the other forms of bogs, moores or mires. Islay is covered to 70% with peat.
May be Laphroaig is at the end of the peat harvest on the moor areas that belong to the distillery. But that anyone should run out of peat on Islay seems improbable.
Industrial peat cutting which is the biggest threat to the peat moores produces 90% for gardening purposes. As oil gas and coal are the heating materials of today, the peat in Scotland will last for a while and I can not imagine that the demand of the Scottish distilleries alone will be able to exhaust it.
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/fcgn1.pd ... /fcgn1.pdf
Table 1 on page 1 gives the figures for peat lands in the UK.
b_chris (and anyone else interested), Jefford's book is a must-read for anyone interested in whisky production generally, and in Islay in particular.
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