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Seven Smoky Scotches to Drink by the Fireplace

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Seven Smoky Scotches to Drink by Your Fireplace

Nothing screams winter like cozying up next to a fireplace on a snowy night with a tumbler of smoky Scotch to sip on. The smoke factor in your snifter is determined by the level of peat (decomposed material from a water-heavy environment) used during the drying process of the barley grain. We’ve compiled a list of seven of our favorite peaty Scotches, perfect for sipping by the fire during these cold winter months.

 Lagavulin 16 Year

Seven Smoky Scotches to Drink by Your FireplaceA favorite among peated Scotch lovers, this extremely peated bottle is a must-try. The Scotch is rich and robust, with a balanced sweetness that complements the extreme smokiness. Dried fruit and spicy vanilla smoke on the finish make this Scotch an impeccably pleasant sipper. Average price: $87

Laphroaig 10 Year

Seven Smoky Scotches to Drink by Your FireplaceThis classic smoky favorite has been distilled the same way for the past 75 years. The malted barley dries over a peat fire, solely with peat found on Islay. The palate bursts with smoky goodness, with a slightly saltwatery finish. A great choice for new Scotch drinkers. Average price: $51

Talisker 10 Year

Seven Smoky Scotches to Drink by Your FireplaceThis smoky number presents a layered, complex mouthfeel, balanced out by flavors of saltwater and black pepper. Light undertones of stone fruit round out the palate for a textured, flavorful finish. Great value for the price. Average price: $68

Bowmore 12 Year

Seven Smoky Scotches to Drink by Your FireplaceAlongside its smoky profile, this elegant sipper provides refreshing notes of lemon and honey. Mellow and light, this Scotch is extremely enjoyable for those who love both smoky and citrusy notes in their glass. Average price: $51

Ardbeg Dark Cove

Seven Smoky Scotches to Drink by Your FireplaceThis limited edition bottle was specially released on Ardbeg Day, which falls on May 28. Combined maturation in ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks provide a well-balanced sweetness to this sensually smoky situation. Average price: $113

 Bunnahabhain 12 Year

Seven Smoky Scotches to Drink by Your FireplaceThis unchill-filtered malt expresses the true flavor profile of all this Scotch has to offer. Dark fruit and molasses flavors complement the smokiness of this deliciously dark sipper. Well textured and extremely enjoyable. Average price: $57

Bruichladdich Octomore 7.3

Seven Smoky Scotches to Drink by Your FireplaceAccording to Scotch Addict, Bruichladdich Octomore is the single smokiest Scotch presently available on the market. At nearly 60 percent alcohol and 169 parts per million of peat, this full-bodied bottle is sure to pack a punch to your palate — a deliciously smoky one, that is. Average price: $180

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