While Caol Ila Distillery has been experimenting with unpeated malt several Highland and Speyside distilleries, such as Benromach, Tomatin, Glen Moray or reviewed here Tomintoul.
Have been producing batches of peated spirit on annual bases. In 2005 Tomintoul introduced Old Ballantruan brand, young whisky distilled from barley malted to phenols specification of 30 ppm. Tomintoul Peaty Tang followed in the late 2007, another young whisky with slightly lower phenols content, bottled at 40% abv. However not a peat monster Tomintoul Peaty Tang is a great entry into the world of smoky and peaty malts, especially for a very reasonable price.
Nose: malty, peaty and floral, with notes of hay, pine needles, herbal tea, mixed nuts and distant smoke.
Palate: malty and smoky, breakfast cereals, walnuts, white pepper, apples, hints of aniseed and toasted oak.
Finish: medium long, malty and peaty with hints of hay and oak.