New book explores the 'unbreakable bond' between peat and whisky

New book explores the 'unbreakable bond' between peat and whisky

Peat and Whisky has been written by experienced environmental scientist (and whisky enthusiast) Mike Billett, who has studied peatlands around Europe

News | 09 Oct 2023

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A new book exploring the relationship between whisky and peat has been published.


Peat and Whisky: The Unbreakable Bond brings together elements of landscape, geology, history, culture, and (of course) whisky making to explore peat's connection to Scotland's most famous export.


It was written by whisky enthusiast and peatland scientist Mike Billett, who has 40 years' experience in water, soil, and geological science and has worked with organisations including the Universities of Edinburgh and Stirling and the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.


Billett has extensively researched the peatlands of the British Isles, Scandinavia, and the Arctic, focusing on water quality, peatland management, and carbon emissions. In Peat and Whisky, he explores the science and stories behind Scotland's peatlands and bogs and details its application and effects in whisky production, as well as examining how its future use may be affected by efforts to mitigate climate change.


The book includes a foreword by whisky writer Dave Broom, and has received praise from other respected whisky writers including Charles MacLean, Gavin Smith, and Neil Wilson.


Following promotional events at The Whisky Show in London, there will be a launch event for Peat and Whisky: The Unbreakable Bond at Topping & Company in Edinburgh on 30 November.

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