70cl // 55.7% ABV

The jolly, bearded chap is back for another Christmas! No, not Santa Claus, it’s Big Peat, and he’s got a whole new batch of Big Peat at Christmas 2014 in his sleigh. A classic Douglas Laing blended malt, jam packed with Islay whiskies from the likes of Caol Ila, Bowmore, Ardbeg and even the closed Port Ellen distillery. As a Christmas treat, it’s been bottled at natural cask strength.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Thick, crumbly oatcakes with a bit of brie. Ice cream and jelly. Pencils. Big notes of earth, with medicinal notes coming through after a minute or two. Ham – plenty of ham.

Palate: Bonfire embers, light struck matches and sea breeze. The oatcakes are back, but this time they’ve been loaded up with fruit chutney and served alongside some blackberries. A drop of water opens up salty notes.

Finish: It just goes and goes, this one. Smoke and earth all the way to the end.

Overall: Wouldn’t mind finding this one wrapped up under the Christmas tree, that’s for sure.


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