The importance of peat to whisky cannot be overstated. Ours is cut by hand from Hobbister Moor, only seven miles from the distillery. Over 9,000 years old and nearly four metres deep in places, it’s composed of layer upon layer of densely compacted vegetation – the DNA of Orkney. Under constant onslaught by ferocious winds, no trees survive on the island’s exposed and barren moor, so our peat is woodless, but rich in heather.
Our peat is cut in April, dried naturally over summer and then burned in our ancient kilns, where its heathery aromatic smoke infuses the malting barley.