Originally Posted by bkblankenship
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. LAPHROAIG 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
and PC8 ( designating the age of the malt ) all of which were peated at 40 PPM Phenols. BRUICHLADDICH 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. The 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 **** 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.
As mentioned in my above posting from a few weeks ago, I stated I would find out the PEATING LEVEL of KILCHOMAN
. Well, I have finally found out. I received the following information directly from the distillery. ALL RELEASES
thus far have been at 50 PPM PHENOLS
. The other PEATING LEVEL
is 30 -35 PPM PHENOLS
which is peated using 100% Islay barley and is peated on premises and no bottlings to date have been released at this phenol level.