Originally Posted by Marco
Evening, drinkers of this fine spirit!
I grew up with the smell of my father's favourite whisky, the Laphroaig 12, and always loved its distinct 'smoke & tar'-aroma. Some time ago I started to explore the world of whisky myself, and immediately found a quest: find the smokiest of whiskies.
I've heard that Laphroaig is quite far up the smoke road, together with Lagavulin 16 and Macleods 8. I do appreciate recommendations of really smoky single malts, but I really look for THE smokiest of whiskies, with so much smoke and tar that it tastes like you burned an old shipyard and bottled it!
For burning embers, ARDBEG 10YO
will do the trick. For standard bottlings of Islay malts
, ARDBEG is the most highly peated at 55 PPM Phenols. ARDBEG
does bottle the special release SUPERNOVA at 100 PPM Phenols
is peated at 40-43 PPM Phenols
, BOWMORE at 20-25 PPM, LAGAVULIN at 35-40 PPM, CAOL ILA 30-35 PPM,
and BRUICHLADDICH standard bottlings at 3-4 PPM ( formerly 8 PPM ).
Since its reopening BRUICHLADDICH
has released heavily peated malts; BRUICHLADDICH Peat
with a phenol level at 35 PPM
and they have also released 4 cask strength expressions of PORT CHARLOTTE PC5, PC6, PC7
( designating the age of the malt ) all of which were peated at 40 PPM Phenols
has just released a fifth PORT CHARLOTTE at 46% ABV named An Turas Mor - Gaelic for The Great Journey. BRUICHLADDICH
has also experimented and released 4 bottlings of OCTOMORE.
bottling of FUTURES was peated at 80.5 PPM Phenols
, OCTOMORE 2.1 and 2.2 releases peated at 140 PPM
each and the newest release peated
at 152 PPM Phenols. BUNNAHABHAIN is the lightest peated
of all Islay malts. It's standard bottling is peated at 1-2 PPM Phenols
but in 1997 BUNNAHABHAIN began experimenting
and have released some special bottlings, releasing the MOINE
( Scottish Gaelic for PEAT and pronounced MONA as in MONA LISA ) for one of the annual FEIS ILE
and have also sold casks to independent bottlers; one being SIGNATORY
. This malt was peated at 38 PPM.
I have not been able to find the phenol level of the newest Islay malt; KILCHOMAN ( pronounced KIL-HOMAN; the C is silent ) but will post once I find the info. There have been several highland distilleries that have high phenol levels and have bottled. Most notably is BENRIACH Curiositos
and a cask strength bottling and a non-cask strength by SIGNATORY
; followed by EDRADOUR'S bottling of BALLECHIN, and TOMINTOUL'S bottling of BALLANTRUAN. CAPERDONICH heavily peated
malt can be found in independent bottlings, specifically bottled by THE SINGLE MALTS of SCOTLAND ( Specialty Drinks ).
One more note: You mentioned Macleods 8-Year-Old; Macleods 8-Year-Old ISLAY
happens to be LAGAVULIN.
Thought you might like to know.