Big Peat. After a couple of years, he has become a well known face in the shelve on many peated-whisky lovers’ collections. A blended malt of several Islay malts, with several special releases for special occasions, each with their special strength. Created in the laboratories of Douglas Laing, especially for the generous people of Drinks by the Dram, who have put a sample of this whisky behind door number 9 of their #WhiskyAdvent Calendar 2017.
Nose: smokey, beefy, fresh (minty) with a touch of apples. I could stop there, nah… I will stop there.
Palate: smoke. A lot of smoke over a layer of cinnamon and salted caramel. A hint of eucalyptus and… someone has stolen the apples from the nose!
Finish: long. As with many of these types of whiskies, this is your last dram of the day. Nothing to do about it. for notes: look at the nose, they are quite similar.
Conclusion: Once in a while, this is fantastic. Twice in a while too, I might add. Firm and smoky and rich. Just as they intended.