Clan what's unpeated vs peated malt?.....how do they differ taste wise?
I tend to like Speysiders. ...any you'd reccomend?
I did recommend a speysider (NE Scotland): The Macallan. I know most boardrooms have Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. Not a fan of either.
The difference between peated and unpeated is very simple: taste. Peated whiskeys have a more traditional scotch taste (earthier, smokey wee bit of floral). Unpeated you taste based on how the malt is treated in the distillery. Most unpeateds have sharper tones and often a hint of the sea about them.
Expound further on unpeated taste "how its treated in the distillery" please
Does that refer to its cask?
My 5 minute bar has Macallan...I'll try it
Can be a number of factors. I am am no expert but I believe it is mostly about Phenols: level of smokiness allowed into malting process. Yes casks can play a role, as can size and shape of stills used, water source used etc.