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Big Peat Christmas Edition 2016 (Douglas Laing) Review

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

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

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.

Palate

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.

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

Bottle Details

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, No Defined Scottish Region
Posted: 09/10/2016 by Neil



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