Independent Scotch whisky specialist Douglas Laing has, among its many bottled expressions, one known as Big Peat. This bottling, launched in 2009, is normally a non-age statement release that is a marriage of Scotch only from Islay. It is now getting what’s said to be its first ever age statement variant.
The new Big Peat The Gold Edition, according to those behind it, is a 25-year-old vatted Scotch that’s the first of a planned trilogy of such limited edition offerings. The series, it is said, “will bring to life the journey of the spirit with each year that passes.”
“With this specialist series in mind,” said Cara Laing, Director of Whisky at Douglas Laing, in a prepared statement, “we’ve been sampling certain casks over the years and feel now that Big Peat’s aged Vatting is ripe for release. Our very special marriage of Islay Single Malts is bursting with rich, deep, phenolic and typically Islay flavours, clearly showing Big Peat’s signature sweet smokiness at its heart. It will be fascinating to see how the spirit develops as the trilogy progresses.”
Big Peat 25 Years Old is bottled at cask strength (52.1% ABV) without coloring or chill filtration and only 3000 bottles exist globally. It will be available starting in December, and you’ll find official tasting notes for it below.
Bringing a unique taste of his island home of Islay, detect a more gentle and mature side of Big Peat on the nose, with boat varnish, beachy rock pools and a smoky barbecue backdrop.
The palate opens as sweetly-peated as ever and warms to later creosote, black pepper and chimney smoke.
The finish displays that same warm depth of sweet personality before deliciously damp bonfire ash, coal dust and charred meat appear.
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