The beginners guide to peat and whisky.
Peat is basically decomposed plant material, usually found in wet areas where materials have been partially restrained from decaying fully by acidic and anaerobic conditions. Peat is basically made up of wetland vegetation, mainly things like moss, shrubs, leafs, and other foliage. Most of the peat formed in the modern era was formed around 12,000 years ago after the last ice age but can be aged to around 360 million years ago.
Peat for use in the whisky industry is harvested into brick form by traditional methods as well as industrial extraction,
the traditional methods of cutting the peat involve tools such as a ” flaughter” a “rutter” and a ” tusker” for cutting the top part and forming the blocks, the top part of the cut is then returned to the field in order to reduce the ecological impact. Once harvested the…
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