Big Peat Christmas Edition 2017
Non chill filtered
No added colouring
£49.00 from The Green Welly Stop
It’s that time of the year again. 😊
Straight from the pour I’m getting that massive peat smoke blast of Islay. Huge, with some soft and sweet confectionary sugar and Danish pastries in the background. A little time in the glass and things get even bigger. Loads of medicinal Islay peat smoke, tcp, tar, wet rope, maritime, it’s all there and mouthwatering. There’s lovely sweet sugars and star anise, coriander and a touch of cumin. Gorgeous stuff.
The smokey hot embers and coal chunks are in the arrival, with some burning heather and a chunk of smouldering liquorice root. Things get sweeter and creamy in the development, with some coconut marshmallows toasted and bubbling away on a cereal cracker. The mouthfeel is oily and coating as one would expect. This is young, Islay, peaty smoke bomb glory.
The smoke sticks around for a looong time, with some liquorice and earthy damp forest floor. As Tony the Tiger used to say. It’s grrrrrrrreat!
Just a few drops added. The fires have smouldered, and there is more of a wet floral and cereal front on the nose now. The palate is still quite big, has the addition of a little fruit, peach, apricot type white fleshed fruits. The finish is creamy and more vanilla’s and custard. A variation diluted. But I personally like the pure big brash peat beater of the undiluted.
Happy happy winter joy joy. This dram makes the winter bearable, and reminds me as usual this time of year, how much I want to be on Islay. Awesome.
Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official review sample.