Big Peat 25 year old Gold Edition – 52.1% ABV
Info: It’s nearly time for Feis Ile 2018, so what better way to enjoy it than to have a dram of Big Peat’s Gold Edition, a 25yo vatted Islay malt. No chill filtration and no colour.
Colour: Ripe golden barley
Nose: Delicate and slightly floral, a heathery Islay moorland summer day. Beautifully restrained coal and sea breeze peat notes underline what is obviously a well aged gentle dram, and maybe hides the higher ABV? A hint of old oak and wax polish.
Palate: Slightly peppery at first followed quickly be waves of sweet peat laden oils. Exciting to hold on your tongue for ages investigating the silky oils and sweet peat notes.
Finish: The finish shows a slight leatheriness, the sweet nose and palate tail off here a little and it becomes a hint more tannin lead.
Thoughts: A fabulous and fairly relaxed older Islay dram which has all the hints of Big Peat in it, but a future older and wiser Big Peat who’s happy to kick up his feet.
Available: 3000 bottles globally. At the time of posting there’s 11 bottles left on the Douglas Laing’s website!
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