Whisky Review – Big Peat Christmas 2016 @DLaingWhisky 

Big Peat Christmas 2016

54.6% ABV

Non chill filtered

No added colouring

£46.95 from Master of Malt

Nose. 

First sniff is quite closed, but I have a sense that the smoke is building. Lots of clean fresh seaside air, ozone, fresh rain fall on lush grass, a touch of caramel. Smoke! But distant peat smoke. Letting this one sit with a cover for a little bit. Much more smoke after 15 minutes standing. Herbal notes as well, liquorice, throat sweets and burnt heather. Incredibly Islay as you would expect. Intense. A touch of sweet citrus in the background, almost clementine. 

Palate. 

Sweet sweet peat, grass, vanilla. Almost a herbal concentrated sweet liquor of an arrival. One of the oiliest mouthfeels you will ever have. Runny honey and some caramel. The development becomes more herbal, like chewing on liquorice root with a mouthful of peaty syrup. The ABV isn’t really felt like it should be. It goes hand in hand with the smoky inferno. It’s awesome. 

Finish. 

The finish is very herbal and drying, still a level of sweetness but the herbal fresh liquorice root is key here. Loads of smoke still!

Adding water. 

A few drops added. Smoke is a little bit extinguished. In honesty I think too much water went in. The palate is lovely and creamy, smokey and light, clean fresh and delicious all round. The finish is less herbal now, creamier and delicious. I need to do further experimentation with my own bottle. But I think a couple of drops helps this one along. I just gave it a little bit too much on this occasion. 

Conclusion. 

Awesome Islay represented in a blended malt of smokey significance. Love it. If you like smokey whisky this should be at the top of your Christmas list if you don’t already have a bottle or two. 

Many thanks to Douglas Laing for the review sample

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