Whisky Myths: Peat is added to whisky
There are no chunks of peat thrown into the pot when making whisky! In fact, peat itself is not even one of the three raw materials permitted by the Scotch Whisky Regulations. Peat smoke is the permitted additive…. During the malting process, peat can be burnt at the kilning stage to flavour the barley. Flavour compounds (called phenols) from the smoking peat stick to the malted barley, imparting that familiar smoky flavour throughout the production process and into the final product.