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In general terms there are four key styles: heavy peated which is characteristic of our Islay malts, medium peated which is used by Talisker distillery and lightly peated used by the other distilleries. The fourth style is non-peated where no peat smoke is passed through the malt in the kiln. Some distilleries use this style of malt (for example, Clynelish and Glen Elgin). After kilning the malt is dressed to remove rootlets, stored (or rested) to improve its handling in the distillery and finally despatched to make some of the finest malt whisky in the world.