Big Peat Knows How to Do Christmas (Again)

Big Peat Christmas Edition 2015 (Douglas Laing) At Christmas when it's cold and wintery outside there's nothing better than a lovely smoky dram to take away the dreary weather and Big Peat is an exceptional choice for this.

He also does a special edition every Christmas since 2011 and i previously did a round up of the 2011-2014 versions, so with the 2015 version sampled it's time to add in that too.

Previously my notes said that the 2014 was my favourite, just pipping the 2013. But really the 2012 still is the one i miss most. The 2015 version though there's something a little extra about it that i really like and although there isnt really a tree on this one the bottle design is my favourite yet.

2016 looks rosy cheeked from where i'm sitting.

Pop over to the Douglas Laing website or your favourite retailer (such as The Whisky Exchange) to pick up you bottle.


Big Peat Christmas Edition 2011 (Douglas Laing)

Big Peat Christmas 2011I managed to miss this dram but luckily my good friend Steve (@steveprentice) from Somerset Whisky Blog had a bottle and sent me a dram of it.

Much smokier and drier than the more recent editions but fabulous nonetheless this is tangy, spicy, smoky and filled with doughy bready notes.

Gone completely so really unless you manage to grab one at an auction you will struggle to get this one.

 

Gentle earthy creamy melted butter and cedarwood smouldering smoke comes first then gentle sweet oak and hints of bbq sauce and crispy bacon on floury soft white rolls

Sweet and creamy initially then smoked honey roast root vegetables with floury doughy bread rolls with hints of lemongrass and bitter spiced blood oranges

Sweet and creamy initially then smoked honey roast root vegetables with floury doughy bread rolls with hints of lemongrass and bitter spiced blood orangesRoot vegetables and spiced blood orange

Bottle Name: Big Peat Christmas Edition 2011 (Douglas Laing)
Age: NAS
ABV: 57.80
Distiller: Douglas Laing
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay


Big Peat Christmas Edition 2012 (Douglas Laing)

ig Peat at Christmas I was lucky enough to sample this Christmas Cask Strength edition of Big Peat at this years Whisky fringe and really enjoyed it.

It has some tannic notes that i'm not brilliantly keen on but the smoke is lovely and the strength adds to the flavours and works really well.

A better dram than the standard Big Peat in my opinion.

Not the easiest to find a bottle of this although you can get one at The Whisky Exchange

 

smoky and winey almost metallic red wine, almost overpowers the smoke for me, some blackcurrent cordial there too

fresh and smoky, not so much wine notes, definite blackcurrent cordial and crushed grape juice

smoky and smooth

Bottle Name: Big Peat Christmas Edition 2012 (Douglas Laing)
Age: NAS
ABV: 57.80
Distiller: Douglas Laing
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Blended Malt
From: Scotland, Islay


Big Peat Christmas Edition 2013 (Douglas Laing)

Big Peat Christmas 2013I loved this dram so much when it came out that i bought 2 bottles and still have around 1/2 a bottle left.

This 2013 Christmas edition is creamy and smoky and has that maritime, seafoody note that comes from Islay that really works well in this dram.

unfortunately sold out everywhere i could check so if you find one buy it, it's fabulous.

 

Seriously creamy and buttery with smoked kippers and brandy butter lemongrass and oak with bacon rolls and b&w Chinese ribs hiding in the background

Creamy and buttery with cigar ash and Cullen skink soup with that smoked fish veg and cream

Sweet and ashy

Bottle Name: Big Peat Christmas Edition 2013 (Douglas Laing)
Age: NAS
ABV: 54.90
Distiller: Douglas Laing
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay


Big Peat Christmas Edition 2014 (Douglas Laing)

Big Peat Xmas 2014Big Peat from Douglas Laing is a really well known Islay blended malt which has now been releasing an annual Christmas Limited run for a few years and this is the 2014 version.

Notes from tasting during my visit to their Glasgow headquarters this is a creamy, sweet, smoky, indulgent dessert of a dram that would go fabulous with some chocolate vienetta or just with your feet up after a mountain of Turkey.

This will sell out quickly so fire across to Master of Malt and get yourself one for Christmas now.

 

Initially a really creamy buttery smoke infused dessert with creamy fruitiness like those fruit and angel delight desserts some fireside ash and cedarwood smoke

Honey and vanilla with creamy gentle fresh angel delight infused with cedarwood and earthy smoke

Sweet, creamy, smoky, yum

Bottle Name: Big Peat Christmas Edition 2014 (Douglas Laing)
Age: NAS
ABV: 58.70
Distiller: Douglas Laing
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Blended Malt
From: Scotland, Islay


Big Peat Christmas Edition 2015 (Douglas Laing)

Big Peat Christmas Edition 2015 (Douglas Laing) This is the fifth Christmas Edition of Big Peat, with the first being back in 2011. I've seriously enjoyed every single version of this dram, and I'm excited to be trying this one.

So it would appear that Douglas Laing have done it yet again and produced another fabulous higher ABV big peat just in time for Christmas.

If you like it smoky then this is a must buy for Christmas, it's also the one dram I wish was available all year round, but that I get excited about when it is released

 

This is big peat and it's obvious that lovely creamy, buttery smoke, cedar wood and vanilla angel delight, light hints of red fruits, then hints of lemon and lime peel waxiness, sour apples.

That buttery smoke is there again almost like a slightly vegetal buerre noisette, with waxy lemon and lime peel, crispy ice cream cone wafers and that hint off sourness

Creamy and waxy, juicy and mouthwatering

Bottle Name: Big Peat Christmas Edition 2015 (Douglas Laing)
Age: NAS
ABV: 53.80
Distiller: Douglas Laing
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Blended Malt
From: Scotland, Islay


Big Peat Christmas Edition 2016 (Douglas Laing)

Big Peat Reveals Christmas 2016 Limited Edition What is good reviewing a big flavoured whisky is with one sip you can sit back and get so many flavours, notes, memories, thoughts and ideas. Douglas Laing's annual Christmas Big Peat had been a much anticipated treat in the lead up to Christmas since 2011 and this year's treat has come a little bit earlier than normal and has an ever growing fan base.

The 2016 edition has now got all the active Islay Distilleries covered and of course the ever popular closed distillery is still part of this vatted malt some Port Ellen. 

This year's delight comes in as cask strength 54.6% abv which is slightly higher than last year's and of course it is without colouring or chill-filteration. There are nine single malts used this year which is subtly indicated on the packaging by the stockings hanging on the fireplace beside Big Peat himself.  

I am guessing it is either good fun or stressful getting this right with so many followers eager to get their hands on this annual bottling. So how did I find this year's edition? Well as always instantly you are hit with a big smack of Islay, smoke, peat and the sea funnily enough but I found after initial nose and going back a couple of times the medicinal notes carry on but a softness develops leading light citrus, new leather and some smooth cream but with a constant reminder your actually sitting on a beach beside a fire.

On the palette boom, straight in to the powerful familiar Big Peat and it gets all your taste buds tingling working out all the flavours. A small sip at first and its medicinal smoke and heat with a reminder of  for me blue cheese all very pleasant, next taste I find this a little bit younger than previous but this adds a zing and fight which ends in a meaty heat filled barbecue.

The finish warm, glowing and creamy with a taste range  that covers a full dinner. Starting with a blue cheese and pear salad leading onto barbecued meat followed with a light creamy dessert which for a first for me I noticed very small hints of lingering rhubarb and the finish does linger on.

If you prefer though this is just a great winter warmer that will provide plenty of your own individual tasting notes and thoughts and keeps going. Enjoy!

Available to buy direct from www.douglaslaing.com

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the sample as part of my Douglas Laing Fellows pack

 

Heavy fern and moss Islay, smoke, peat and the sea funnily enough but I found after initial nose and going back a couple of times the medicinal notes carry on but a softness develops leading light citrus, new leather and some smooth cream but with a constant reminder your actually sitting on a beach beside a fire.

straight in to the powerful familiar Big Peat and it gets all your taste buds tingling working out all the flavours. A small sip at first and its medicinal smoke and heat with a reminder of for me blue cheese all very pleasant, next taste I find this a little bit younger than previous but this adds a zing and fight which ends in a meaty heat filled barbecue.

warm, glowing and creamy with a taste range that covers a full dinner. Starting with a blue cheese and pear salad leading onto barbecued meat followed with a light creamy dessert which for a first for me I noticed very small hints of lingering rhubarb and the finish does linger on

Bottle Name: Big Peat Christmas Edition 2016 (Douglas Laing)
Age: NAS
ABV: 54.60
Distiller: Douglas Laing
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Blended Malt
From: Scotland, Not Scottish


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