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Thread #143590   Message #3505586
Posted By: michaelr
18-Apr-13 - 10:10 PM
Thread Name: BS: Question about Scotch
Subject: RE: BS: Question about Scotch
Many people think all Scotch whiskies are smoky, but that is not the case. The smoke flavor comes from using malted barley that was traditionally dried over a peat fire. Peat was, at one time, the only practical fuel source for many distilleries. These days it's an optional flavor enhancement. I haven't been able to find any information about what other sources of smoke may be in use.

Here is a lengthy explanation of smokiness.