Whisky of the week # 61
Big Peat at Christmas 70cl, 55.7%
Now is the time to find that great early Christmas present, this will earn you all the brownie points you need over the Christmas break.
Big Peat is in my top 10 Whiskies without a doubt,If you haven’t tried it I suggest you do.
Big peat at Christmas at 55.7% at cask strength will be unbelievably good I fear.
We have 6 bottles coming down so far. One of which will be under my Christmas tree if my children know what’s good for them.
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.
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.