Love Scotch whisky? Don’t miss the Blackheart’s inaugural Peat Week

Gabi Porter. Enjoy Scotch whisky by itself or in a cocktail during the Blackheart's Peat Week.

Photo by Gabi Porter. Enjoy Scotch whisky by itself or in a cocktail during the Blackheart’s Peat Week.

America’s beloved bourbon often steals the spotlight here, but one Rainey Street bar hasn’t forgotten about one of the oldest whiskeys of the world. The Blackheart is devoting an entire week to Scotch whisky starting Sunday and will have drink specials, happy hour events, tastings, Scotch 101 classes and more.

Each day, the Blackheart will have two featured Scotch whiskies available neat, on the rocks or in a classic cocktail like the Blood and Sand and the Rob Roy. One of the whiskies will be “a mid-price, everyman kind of Scotch,” while the other is more of a harder-to-find top-shelf brand, according to the Blackheart.

Don’t know much about Scotch? That’s OK. The bar will teach you with two workshops: a Scotch 101 tasting featuring Lagavulin at 7 p.m. on Jan. 18 and another one featuring Glenkinchie, Clynelish and Talisker Storm at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19. Peat Week is also kicking off at 6 p.m. Sunday with a screening of Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart” — which, while not entirely related to the subject, is certainly an epic way to debut a boozy week.

Peat Week gets its name from Scotch’s striking smoke characteristic.

“Some Scotch whisky distilleries slowly dry the malted barley (from which Scotch is made) using fires made from peat, a special kind of turf,” the Blackheart noted in a press release. “The 30-hour drying process gives the whisky a distinctive smoky flavor, often referred to as ‘peatiness.’”

Here’s the schedule of whiskies going on special each day:

Sunday, Jan. 15

Bruichladdich Octomore
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte

Monday, Jan. 16

Glen Scotia Samaroli
Auchentoshan Single Malt Whisky 12 Year

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Laphroaig (Lore)
Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Lagavulin 16 yr
Ardbeg 10 yr

Thursday, Jan. 19

The Glenlivet 21 Year
Glenlivet Founders Reserve

Friday, Jan. 20

Laphroaig (Cairdeas)
Singleton Whisky 15 Year

Saturday, Jan. 21

Compass Box Whisky
Oban 14 Year

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