Big Peat 25 Years Old ‘The Gold Edition’ (2017)
We’ve seen several age statements already with Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts-series. The Timorous Beastie takes the crown, with a 40 year old expression. But not to be outdone, Big Peat surprises us with a 25 year old release. I’m very curious to see how this blended malt worked out. I mean, should be good, right?
Only 3.000 bottles of the Big Peat 25 Years Old ‘The Gold Edition’ are released. It is the first in a trio of age statement Big Peat releases, all of which will be vattings of single malt whisky distilled on Islay.
Big Peat 25 Years Old ‘The Gold Edition’ (52,1%, Douglas Laing, 2017)
Nose: Such a sweet, mature, barbecue-esque type smoke. Superbly balanced with lots of little complexities. Slightly mineral, with hints of smoked vanilla custard, and also fruitier notes like overripe banana and a whiff of pineapple. Finally some aniseed as well. I could nose this for a very long time.
Taste: A nice salty arrival, followed by seaweed, cracked black pepper and hints of iodine. The barbecue smoke (accompanied by some lovely cured meat) is soft and subtle. A touch of oak. Again, the balance is perfect.
Finish: Lingering smoke. Sweet. Finally some yellow fruits. Long.
Proper, proper mature Islay whisky. If you are like me, and you’d rather drink something with more subtleties instead of overpowering peat, than this is a treat.
Sample provided by Douglas Laing
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.