Today I’ve got a review of an Islay blended malt from Douglas Laing, it’s Big Peat. They say that the blend is from Caol Ila, Bowmore, Ardbeg and Port Ellen(!). Although, I think I’ve seen somewhere that they put in the legal minimum of Port Ellen into the mix to still be able to put it on the label (so, miniscule).
It’s no age statement, so it’s also young, but then again, that’s kind of what you want for the BIG peat hit.
Big Peat 46%
Nose: Peat obviously. Quite light for a peat monster though. Very malty with classic smoky citrus, lemon, a little lime, a little closed at first. You get more as it opens up. Biscuit, vanilla, some burnt hay, more citrus.
Water: More. More peat, more citrus. A small savoury note, some sea salt, toffee, wood smoke.
Taste: Very peaty and phenolic. Quite medicinal to start with cough syrup and TCP, then goes more towards maltiness and ashes, then developing a mineral stony quality with flint, granite and graphite. Sea water into the finish.
Water: Softer arrival, steadily building peat smoke and malt. Lemon juice, some toffee and vanilla. Bitter oak makes an appearance into the finish.
Finish: Medium length. Lots of ashes, flint and sea water.
I got a leaky 20cl bottle of this when I was buying something else. I had higher expectations for this, but I guess it’s mostly young Caol Ila. In the end, I would choose Compass Box’s Peat Monster over this.
Thanks for reading!
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