Scotch By Gary Carter / October 1, 2021 Douglas Laing & Co., one of Scotland’s more well known independent bottlers, recently unveiled Big Peat Christmas, the annual special holiday bottling within their Islay Malt Scotch Whisky brand. This year’s offering comes in at a natural cask strength of 105.6 proof, and the distiller’s tasting notes find the festive release to be “packed with earthy, leathery, ashy charm, balanced by a warming sweetness.” The limited edition launch rounds off a year that has seen Big Peat take home a Gold Award at the San Francisco World Spirits Awards and the Master Medal at the Spirits Business Awards. Big Peat’s Christmas 2021 Cask Strength Limited Edition (image via Douglas Laing & Co) Packaged in an icy-blue gift tube with gloss-varnished snowflakes, Big Peat’s Christmas gift tube carries a bespoke illustration depicting the bearded fisherman riding a sleigh on his island home of Islay. The candy-striped, red and white bottle completes the festive release. Fred Laing, chairman of his family’s firm, said in a prepared statement, “Our family business is truly grateful and pleased to know that our Big Peat Christmas bottling has become something of an annual ritual for other Islay whisky-loving families all over the world. It is so heartwarming to receive messages from keen consumers for whom opening that special bottle of Big Peat Christmas marks the beginning of the festivities with friends and family.” Big Peat Christmas 2021 is now available from specialist Scotch Whisky retailers in global markets including Europe, North America and Asia. Read More Whiskey NewsScotland's Ardnamurchan Distillery Launching Its Single Malt In US Get The Macallan® Rare Cask at ReserveBar. Shop now!