Whisky Review – Big Peat Christmas 2014

Big Peat Christmas 2014
55.7% ABV
Non chill filtered
No added colouring
£44.99 Available from Whisky Galore at the Green Welly Stop

Tesco have got the Christmas choccies on the shelves already, so why the hell shouldn’t I be able to have a Christmas edition Big Peat?! 🙂

Nose.

Big, powerful Islay signature. TCP. Medicinal peat smoke. Seaside air. Lots of saltiness, sea wash, road tar, coal, ash, seaweed. Chilli pepper spices. Then, in the background…soft, sweet vanilla, a touch of sweet citrus, lemon and orange peel. A real citrus smoke soot bomb.

Palate.

Earthy peat. Sweet citrus, bitter lemon. Surprisingly easy to take at full strength. Gorgeous mouthfeel. Lots of thick oils. Salty, mackerel, quite fishy in a very good way. Some grass/hay notes. Like chewing on cud sometimes. Complex citrus later in the development, intermingled with smokey fish stacks and lots of seashore influences. Waves and waves of flavour crashing over the tongue. Lovely stuff.

Finish.

Warm, long, very long. Smokey ash, vanilla sweetness. Some wet grass and damp hay. Touch of fish lingers. Still touches of lemon citrus amongst the smoke. Really warming and smile inducing.

Adding water.

I’m quickly running out of dram here, it’s very lovely to just sip away and loose yourself amongst the waves. A few drops added. Even more smoke intensity now. The citrus is not so muddled (sweet and sour) now and is more mellowed and lemony. The palate has some vanilla creaminess, and is even more oily and mouthcoating. The flavours now balanced out, with some added salty undertones enhancing the overall development, giving depth and distinction. Lots of maritime in the late development and finish, with that warming smile generating flavours doing an excellent job.

Conclusion.

Lush stuff. Purely Islay. The strange thing is I wouldn’t have liked this 2 years ago, and now I bloody adore it. This is your Christmas present waiting. It probably won’t be around by Christmas time though, so maybe worth getting in now. This is a dram to have in front of the fire on a chilly evening.

Many thanks to Douglas Laing for the review sample.

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