The Peat Strikes Back…Part 2 of our Quest to find the best Peat

First off, welcome back. Yes its been awhile since we’ve posted a new blog to the website.  Long overdue absolutely, but the rigors of job, family, and creating Youtube content have taken their toll on time to sit down and write.  In fact I should be sitting outside smoking a cigar while I write this, but I’m actually in bed after a long day at work, and under a time crunch to get this posted before Bracket 1 of The Peat Strikes Back airs on Saturday 4/14.

We started with a 16 bottle blind Rye shootout in March 2017.  We then did a 16 bottle blind Bourbon shootout in July 2017.  Bart has always talked about doing a Peated shootout, and we finally realized we had most of the bottles needed to do a March Peat Madness 16 bottle blind shootout in 2018.  That shootout came and went with amazing results.  We had 16 heavy hitters for peat, and two great ones were picked (I won’t ruin the results for those who haven’t watched).

While that shootout was ongoing we were bombarded with requests for other bottles of peat beauties that were just unfortunately left out.  So we decided to bounce right back with a second shootout and feature a lot of requested bottlings. Now for the kicker…the best bottles from The Peat Strikes Back will be matched up against the best bottles from March Peat Madness for a third 16 bottle blind shootout titled “Make America Peated Again.”

Now the purpose of sitting down and getting this posted before the shootout begins is to give you the list and brackets for all 16 bottles (something we didn’t get done before March Peat Madness began).

Let the games Begin:

  1. Saturday 4/14 Bracket #1
    1. Ardbeg An Oa
    2. Laphroaig Triple Wood
    3. Kilchoman Loch Gorm
    4. Lagavulin Distillers Edition
  2. Wednesday 4/18 Bracket #2
    1. Douglas Laing’s Big Peat
    2. Talisker Distillers Edition
    3. Ardbeg Grooves
    4. Caol Ila 12 Year
  3. Saturday 4/21 Bracket #3
    1. Ledaig 10 Year
    2. Kilchoman Machir Bay
    3. Bowmore 12 Year
    4. Ardbeg Corryvreckan
  4. Wednesday 4/25 Bracket #4
    1. Benriach Curiositas
    2. Laphroaig 18 Year
    3. Compass Box Flaming Heart 15th Anniv
    4. Tomatin Cu Bocan
  5. Saturday 4/28 CHAMPIONSHIP
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2 Replies to “The Peat Strikes Back…Part 2 of our Quest to find the best Peat”

  1. Okay I will put my predictions in writing. Rd 1 goes to Kilchoman Loch Gorm. Rd 2 sees Ardbeg Grooves acting like it’s the 1960’s all over again. Rd 3 has Ardbeg Corryvreckan barely nosing out Machir Bay (This is the toughest bracket). Rd 4 sees one of my faves, CB Flaming Heart advance. Ardbeg is tearing it up with 5 of the final eight in the two peat shootouts. Too hard to say what actually wins because I haven’t actually tried the Grooves and Loch Gorm. I have the Loch Gorm and will open it to follow along on Saturday. Shoot It….

    1. I’ll back your Rd 1 pick with the Kilchoman Loch Gorm. I haven’t had the opportunity to try Ardbeg Grooves yet, so I would probably give Rd 2 to the Caol Ila. Rd 3 IS a tough bracket. I prefer Uigeadail to the Corryvrecken, so its easy for me to root for the Machir Bay instead. But the Ledaig—particularly the older bottling—is a favorite of mine. Rd 4, I can only speak to the Laphroaig 18…

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