If you’re a peat head, and c’mon… you know who you are, then the Big Peat Whisky is for you. It’s a tasty blended malt put out by the Douglas Lang folks. Blended malt meaning there is no grain whisky used in this blend, it’s a 100% malt blend and specifically, it’s a blend of 100% Islay whiskies.
The company blurb below gets into all the pertinent details so I’m gonna cut this section a bit short and let you get on with it in the review below.
Big Peat Whisky Review: Details and Tasting Notes
In Douglas Lang’s Words: Big Peat Whisky
Big Peat is a remarkable marriage of Malt Whiskies only from the island of Islay. He is, of course, proudly without colouring or chill-filtration and bottled at high alcohol strength (46%), resulting in a naturally oily spirit that promises an incredible mouth-feel.
With Caol Ila spirit bringing sweetness, Bowmore the perfect balance, Ardbeg the medicinal, earthy quality and Port Ellen, a degree of elegance, Big Peat represents all that is Islay in a bottle. Fred Laing tells us that of course, there are a couple of Blender’s Secrets in Big Peat too – but even after a few drams, he won’t share that info – and so it remains our peaty little secret!
Big Peat Whisky price, ABV, age and other details
Distiller: Various (incl Caol Ila, Bowmore, Ardbeg, Port Ellen)
Blender: Douglas Laing
Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color
Big Peat Whisky Tasting Notes
Peat, vanilla, minerality, malt, citrus, wax and tart apples.
Peat, vanilla, minerality, malt, Necco wafers, citrus, wax and tart apples.
Long -> Peat, lemon oil and vanilla.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Good balance, medium body and a warm feel.
Big Peat Whisky Review: OVERALL
Based on the rest of the line, I had low expectations going into the Big Peat Whisky but they were happily surpassed. After a few sips, I found myself finally sinking into a whisky from this lineup. Could be the complexity the peat adds, could be the desire for something a bit more savory after all the sweet, or it could just be that this is a good whisky. All of the above is possible, but I’m leaning towards the later.
SCORE: 84/100 (B)
Big Peat Whisky Review
- Nose - 85
- Palate - 84
- Finish - 84
- Balance, Body & Feel - 84
Big Peat Whisky Review Summary
Big Peat Whisky is a nice tasty whisky with an elegant peaty punch.