Peatreekers : Scotland in a Bottle


Whisky makes up the majority of Scotland’s food and drink exports at 83 per cent of exported goods.

That’s more than £4 billion a year, with the vast majority of Scottish distilleries now owned by massive multi-national companies like London’s Diageo, France’s Pernod Ricard and Japan’s Beam Suntory.

It wasn’t always this way, and it’s certainly very different from the roots of whisky. The truth about the Scots who developed whisky is about as far removed from a businessman in a suit as you can get. It’s more Outlander than The Office.

Back in the 1700s, the secretive renegades who crafted their whiskies did so against Royal Decree, and hidden in Scotland’s secluded woods and hills. Their lives were lived in the dankest, darkest parts of the land, a necessity as a result of their outlaw activities. Their clothes smelled of the peat that they used to make their illegal whisky, which is how they got their name. Peatreekers.

Peatreekers

Peatreekers.

Fast forward to the present day, and that independent, ant-establishment do-it-ourselves attitude is being passionately ressurrected. Peatreekers is a new whisky, which, “Inspired by these whisky rebels, Peatreekers is a brand formed to share the same characteristics as the original black trees – distinct, strong, and proud.”

Here are the tasting notes, from Blair Bowman, founder of World Whisky Day.

Colour   Antique brass

Nose     Fresh wood shavings, honeysuckle and dried apricots with dusty leather bound books. Salty peat smoke lingers in the background with hints of tarmac and spices.

Palate   Boiled sweets mingle with peat fires and vanilla pods. Then digestive biscuits and milk chocolate. Spicy, smoky and warming with a creamy mouth-feel.

Finish    Long with wisps of sweet smoke.

You could be amongst the very first in the world to taste this brand new, Islay blended malt scotch whisky (40% vol). It promises smokiness and peat, so whisky fans will be looking forward to this traditional Islay style to give their winter evenings a taste of the auld ways. (Pre-order a bottle of Peatreekers here. It would be an incredible Christmas present for any whisky fan!)

Pre-sales are up and running now, with a launch date of 1 December 2017. Full details of the double standard first batch can be found here. I’ll be doing a full review in December when it arrives, and I’m very excited at the prospect.

Peatreekers

105 Comments

  1. Chris Andrews
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    What collectors item do you own? . . . . none (yet)

  2. Simon Tinsley
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    I have an original Star Wars Return of the Jedi Speeder Bike in almost mint condition – boxed and everything. I bet it’s worth five whole pounds!!!

    • 12 November 2017
      Reply

      I’d pay more than a fiver for it! That’s a cool thing to have.

  3. Tom Morrison
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    A 20 pence piece with no date on it

  4. Lynn Heath
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    I have a Beatrix potter 50p – does that count????

  5. Nikki Hayes
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    None as yet – but I am waiting for a Liverpool FC Archives Collection to arrive that I won in competition earlier this month, my very first collectable! Or, more accurately, the other half’s first collectable as he is the Liverpool fan (Burnley are my team) 😀

  6. Tracy Nixon
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    I don’t think I own any collectiers items, and if I do, I don’t know they are collectors items!

  7. Anthea Holloway
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    I am not sure that I actually own any collectors’ items at present!

  8. Irene Wright
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    My lovely husband would be delighted to find one of these bottles on Christmas morning

  9. Karen Wells
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    a limited edition bottle of Captain Morgans Spiced Rum. Bottle number 121 of 300

  10. Alison Johnson
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    I bought my Hubby a signed Muhammad Ali picture.

  11. Chris Hunt
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    “Legend has it that local women, working with the peatreekers, would hang certain items of clothing on their washing line as a warning sign when excisemen (government officials responsible for collecting the tax on whisky) were approaching.

    From concealing their product in coffins supplied for staged funerals, or even inside of church organs, various objects were used to smuggle this illicit Scotch”

    Great stories – Wasn’t life so much more exciting pre-technology. Imagine hanging your nix on the line now as a signal for something naughty. Beats a boring text any day doesn’t it?

    • 12 November 2017
      Reply

      Good story! I guess it shows how good the whisky was 🙂

  12. Chris Hunt
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    I possibly have some collectors items in my vinyl record stache from the 60’s. Original Beatles stuff etc. I intend to hang on to it as long as possible.

  13. Robert Price
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    Nothing as yet

  14. Steven Young
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    Many moons ago I used to go out with a girl who was a buyer for John Menzies (remember them!), one day she brought home a promo CD album by a group called Oasis. The album was called Definitely Maybe and as we know went on the be a major success, however, the promo copy has a song on it which wasn’t given clearence for the use of a sample on it so it was pulled from the proper release. So somewhere in my attic or garage I have a CD which is probably worth a nice little sum to a collector.

    • 12 November 2017
      Reply

      The name ‘Definitely Maybe’ was taken from somewhere else too. Sony (who were involved with Creation records at the time) had a band called Saidflorence who had a single called Definitely Maybe the year before the Oasis album came out.

      Your album is probably worth a good few quid!

  15. Sandra Jo Siddall
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    I have a Vintage Monopoly Board Game.

  16. iain maciver
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    nothing as far as I know

  17. Lorna Ledger
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    I collect coins, And I have lovely Cartwheel coin 🙂 Thanks for the chance

  18. Kerry
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    I have an original Beatles magazine from 1964!

  19. Ben Thompson
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    What a fab prize! Good luck folks!

  20. Ben Thompson
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    What a fab prize! Good luck everybody!

  21. fiona waterworth
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    I have a rouble

  22. Margaret Gallagher
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    Stamps and coins
    A hobby of mine for 40 years!

  23. Anthony Harrington
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    I don’t think I have anything very collectable, a few limited edition prints and watches, nothing else comes to mind.

  24. pam Lawrence
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    I have some pieces of Caithness Glass

  25. paula cheadle
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    I have a vase, the only one that’s known outside of a museum of the pottery firm that made it

  26. Rebecca Sutton
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    I own a load of Oor Wullie and The Broons books, they are comic strips in the scottish newspaper.

  27. Sian Buckingham
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    I’ve got quite a lot of collectible ornaments!

  28. john prendergast
    11 November 2017
    Reply

    i do not own any collectors’ items yet

  29. Solange
    12 November 2017
    Reply

    Not that I know of.

  30. Ailsa
    12 November 2017
    Reply

    I have a punk rock lp that is signed by the artist. But I don’t like punk rock!

  31. William Gould
    12 November 2017
    Reply

    I collect Hard Rock Café pin badges from everywhere we go on holiday!

  32. A.E. ADKINS
    12 November 2017
    Reply

    Don’t own any collectors alcohol, this too would be sampled if won!

  33. Sheena Batey
    12 November 2017
    Reply

    I have lots of handmade one off teddy bears.

  34. Joanne Beale
    12 November 2017
    Reply

    Nothing

  35. 12 November 2017
    Reply

    Sounds amazing – I’d love to try it

  36. Sharon H
    12 November 2017
    Reply

    I have a limited edition Furby that is still in the box because it frightened me as a child.

  37. Frances Sunshine Hopkins
    12 November 2017
    Reply

    I don’t think I do, my son collects Pop Vinyls though if that counts

  38. Graham Ross
    13 November 2017
    Reply

    I do not own any collectibles

  39. jo liddement
    13 November 2017
    Reply

    I collect Wade Whimsies which i started collecting as a child.

  40. Louis Perera
    14 November 2017
    Reply

    Sounds like excellent whiskey

  41. Liz Slade
    14 November 2017
    Reply

    Slàinte! ????????

  42. Emma
    14 November 2017
    Reply

    Nothing, yet!

  43. Keith Embleton
    14 November 2017
    Reply

    Great prize, would love to try this

  44. Helen B
    14 November 2017
    Reply

    Yes please 🙂

  45. amy bondoc
    14 November 2017
    Reply

    i have a large collection of disney and marvel goodies from plates to figurines

  46. 14 November 2017
    Reply

    one very very old HUBBY

  47. Rhia
    14 November 2017
    Reply

    I don’t know if it really counts as a collectors item but I have loads of old vintage tat, sorry treasure.

    I also have a bottle of posh champagne that I haven’t opened coz no occasion has quite seemed momentous enough (yet).

    I can guarantee that no bottle of whisky has remained unopened in our house for long though.

  48. Louise Comb
    14 November 2017
    Reply

    A first edition copy of Bread of Heaven by Blulu – which also happens to be me 🙂

  49. Kathleen marsden
    14 November 2017
    Reply

    I haven’t got any. Am I odd not to have any?

  50. Kirsty Fox
    14 November 2017
    Reply

    Do NatWest piggies count? ????

  51. Petra Beck
    15 November 2017
    Reply

    I don’t generally collect things, but – being a pharmacist – I own some old pharmacy tools which surely count as collectors’ items – for instance a wooden pill-board, old scales and glass bottles.

  52. Ren Taylor
    15 November 2017
    Reply

    I own a few rare lp’s including a very old first edition beatles one

  53. claire Glace
    15 November 2017
    Reply

    Some vinyl records in my loft !

  54. Ashleigh Allan
    15 November 2017
    Reply

    I don’t think I have any

  55. Mike Gerrie
    16 November 2017
    Reply

    I have framed picture of Steven Gerrard lifting the 2004-2005 champions league trophy signed by the man himself

  56. Charlotte Pashley-Foy
    16 November 2017
    Reply

    I own a rare queen vinyl that has all band member’s autographs etched into it. It’s pretty cool!

  57. MANDY DOHERTY
    19 November 2017
    Reply

    A Guinness ash tray and a Cornetto mug

  58. kate m jones
    19 November 2017
    Reply

    I dont have any collectors items yet, sad really!

  59. Fiona Johnstone
    19 November 2017
    Reply

    I have an Ice Age Watch from the first film. Will be worth thousands I’m sure

  60. Ruth Harwood
    20 November 2017
    Reply

    A signed book by David Gemmel

  61. Liam Fitzpatrick
    20 November 2017
    Reply

    Would love to win! I love this whiskey, had a sample of it!

  62. Ursula Hunt
    21 November 2017
    Reply

    I own a number of Antique Chinese Porcelain items

  63. sandy
    21 November 2017
    Reply

    00 guage railway, does it count if I use it? 😀

  64. Allan Wilson
    22 November 2017
    Reply

    Corgi Superhaulers,

  65. rachel
    23 November 2017
    Reply

    I have a large stamp collection

  66. michelle o'neill
    23 November 2017
    Reply

    i dont think i own any!!

  67. kate kathurima
    24 November 2017
    Reply

    I don’t own any

  68. Sarah Pearce
    25 November 2017
    Reply

    I dont have any,maybe if i win this i could start one!! x

  69. Heather Brannan
    26 November 2017
    Reply

    I have some artwork that I picked up at a craft sale but who knows if it is a collector’s item

  70. Keri Jones
    27 November 2017
    Reply

    My husband has very rare Star Trek cards including signed ones. They count as mine too right?

  71. Purmala Shrestha
    27 November 2017
    Reply

    I have not own any collectors item.

  72. sheri Darby
    27 November 2017
    Reply

    My old stamp collection

  73. Hayley Colburn
    28 November 2017
    Reply

    Not a single item, sat thinking for a while and I don’t think I’ve ever had anything that would be considered a collectors item, feel like I should get looking for something now

  74. Jacki Mactaggart
    28 November 2017
    Reply

    I’ve got a teeny weeny bit of Morriseys shirt!!!-not sure anyone else would want it though :-)))

  75. Hazel Rea
    28 November 2017
    Reply

    I don’t have any yet – but a girl can dream can’t she?

  76. Sarah Austin
    28 November 2017
    Reply

    Stamps! (quite a few years ago mind!)

  77. Em S
    29 November 2017
    Reply

    I don’t own any collector’s items yet.

  78. Chris Fletcher
    29 November 2017
    Reply

    I don’t pick up any collectors items intentionally but I do have some old Corgi toys my Grandad used to have which I used to love playing with!

  79. Andy
    29 November 2017
    Reply

    I’ve got 4 signed Terry Pratchett’s first editions.

  80. Maria Jane Knight
    29 November 2017
    Reply

    We have some very old coins dating back from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s

  81. Sarah Wilson
    29 November 2017
    Reply

    Over 200 vintage My Little Pony!

  82. Rich Tyler
    29 November 2017
    Reply

    A signed football shirt 🙂

  83. Mark Whittaker
    29 November 2017
    Reply

    I collect Pelham Puppets, just a reminder of my long vanished childhood .

  84. sue mcdermott
    29 November 2017
    Reply

    some Folio Society books

  85. natalee gosiewski
    29 November 2017
    Reply

    princess die and charles tea cup set kate middleton royal bride ornament and some coins

  86. Ellen Stafford
    29 November 2017
    Reply

    I have some Funko Pops!

  87. Allan Fullarton
    30 November 2017
    Reply

    Nothing as far as i know.

  88. MM
    30 November 2017
    Reply

    I do have some film props. So probably them.

  89. Stephen Dransfield
    30 November 2017
    Reply

    Can’t think of anything nicer on a cold winters night than a wee dram of peat reekers! Too good to be a collectors item!
    Only thing I collect is empty bottles…. ahem..

  90. Gemma Massey
    30 November 2017
    Reply

    I have a limited edition Winnie the Pooh steiff bear

  91. Diana
    30 November 2017
    Reply

    Signed Picture from Daughtry

  92. Jodie A Green
    30 November 2017
    Reply

    a small stamp collection left by my great great nan

  93. Deborah Clarke
    30 November 2017
    Reply

    Erm…i don’t think I’ve anything interesting lol. Can’t think of a thing. Fab giveaway though would love to be your lucky winner

  94. Meryl Thomas
    30 November 2017
    Reply

    I don’t think I have any collectors items I am afraid.

  95. Gini Winterbourne
    30 November 2017
    Reply

    Lots of David Bowie stuff ????‍????

  96. sharon catterall
    30 November 2017
    Reply

    i have one of the very first golums from lord of the rings

  97. Tammy Neal
    30 November 2017
    Reply

    Jd collection x

  98. M Allen
    30 November 2017
    Reply

    I have a penny black stamp

  99. caroline tokes
    30 November 2017
    Reply

    I dont have anything as yet

  100. Natalie Crossan
    30 November 2017
    Reply

    Some books

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