Ho ho ho… Big Peat is back with the fifth Christmas edition of his all-Islay blended malt (still including Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and even Port Ellen), and his sleigh is on fire! Smoking hot at that because of the cask strength release…
53.8% abv, €50, blended malt
sweet, liquorice, salted butter, cinnamon, smoke, charcoal
Palate: hot, smoky, sweet, liquorice, salted butter, a hint of charcoal
Finish: long lasting, liquorice, smoke, charcoal, a hint of chocolate
Conclusion: You have to be in the mood for this one, and get ready for the smell of your beard that is on fire.