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.
Big Peat Christmas 2017 & Big Peat Feis Ile 2017
Big Peat Christmas 2017
Info: The now traditional full cask strength Christmas release of Big Peat for 2017, coming in at 54.1% abv.
Colour: Very light indeed, just a hint of gold. Snowey!
Nose: Sweetness comes out quickly followed by a good dollop of coastal ozone breeze and coal tar peat smoke. Very alluring.
Palate: Lovely and oily, the high abv quickly builds on your tongue to make this a spicy number as the peat and sweetness mingle nicely together. The coal smoke is there all along.
Finish: Slightly buttery, and nicely peaty, this gradually reduces to earthy embers which keep going for ages on your chest.
Thoughts: Big Peat Christmas is always a treat, and this is too!
Available: The Green Welly Stop – £49
Big Peat Christmas 2016 & Special Guests (Big Peat Christmas 2015 & 2013, & Old Big Peat)
Info: Big Peat Christmas 2016, a now traditional fixture of the winter whisky calendar, is back to deliver some more goodies! This year a slight change has been made, and the recipe now contains malts from every active distillery on Islay, along with some Port Ellen as well. 2300 cases (20,700 bottles?), 54.6% abv. It’s non chill filtered and non coloured.
Nose: Creamy spirity peat, a mix of coastal peat and inland heathery peat, all with an underlying base of burning embers that are smouldering away merrily.
Big Peat Christmas 2015 Edition Cask Strength – 53.8% abv
Info: The now traditional festive Big Peat Christmas Edition is back! No colour, no chill filtration, cask strength… what more could you want from this mix of Islay malts which includes Ardbegg-nog, Coal Ila, Snowmore and Party Ellen.
Colour: A very honest, light straw colour.
Nose: Peat, of course. It’s sweet and fairly fruity (black currants) with some younger new make type sweet notes. There’s a salty ozone quality. Hints of moss, a crack of black pepper and some digestive biscuits. Nice thick legs on the glass.
Palate: The cask strength helps give this some extra spicy kick, but once you’re used to it it becomes warming and creamy. It’s malt-sweet, with various layers of flavour to explore and enjoy.
Big Peat, the unique Small Batch Islay Blended Malt Whisky from Douglas Laing & Co, launches a new limited edition bottling this month.
Launched by Douglas Laing in 2009, Big Peat has become a firm favourite with whisky enthusiasts worldwide offering them a distinct and unique taste of the magical whisky island of Islay. Big Peat is created from a selection of the finest Islay Malt Scotch Whiskies – from Ardbeg to Bowmore, Caol Ila to the now legendary Port Ellen plus a couple of blender’s secrets!