"i just find that some of the distilleries,particularly on the scottish islands,have gone overboard with the smoke & peat flavours."
I've never been much of a Scotch drinker, Jon, though I kind of like Laphroaig Single Malt in very small doses. Talk about overboard with peat flavors... I'd believe they put a scoop of peat in each bottle, kind of like the worm in the mezcal.
I'll be sticking to my sour-mash straight bourbon.