In 2019 Douglas Laing & Co. celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Big Peat Blended Islay Malt.
Big Peat is a forerunner of the Remarkable Regional Malts range, the series of five blended malt whiskies, each delivering the ultimate taste of the region. In the 10 years period Big Peat gained tremendous popularity and thousands of followers around the world. Big Peat 33 years old is the brand oldest expression to date. The brand’s key components are usually Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and Port Ellen however it is not the case here. The whiskies used for the vatting were distilled in 1985, and both Ardbeg and Port Ellen distilleries did not produce whisky that year. Big Peat 33 years old was finished in ex-sherry and ex-cognac casks and bottled at natural strength of 47.2% abv. Only 1500 bottles were produced.
Nose: salty, citrusy and smoky, tarry ropes, wet sand, lemons, bitter oranges, honey, prunes, raisins, vanilla, oak and traces of furniture polish.
Palate: fruity and salty, apples, plums grapefruits, black pepper, lemon grass, touch of menthol, cigar ash, hints of leather and whiffs of peat smoke.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of bitter orange marmalade, sea salt, roasted almonds, coffee, burnt toast and peat smoke.