In Michael Jackson's 1987 world guide to whisky, he says Bushmills uses lightly peated malt, made to their specs. Both in current product advertising and the recent interview in Whisky Magazine of the gentleman responsible for making the brand, it is said however that no peat is used, the malt is air dried only.
Did Bushmills in fact once use peated malt? If so, when was the change made, and is it felt the palate changed as a result? What about the current 16 year old version, is it old enough to contain peated malt, again assuming it was used in '87?
Thanks for any information supplied.