Big Peat Feis Ile 2018 (Douglas Laing)
Have you always wanted to decorate your own whisky packaging? Well, that’s now made easy for you with the Big Peat Feis Ile 2018, as the tube includes a number of illustrated decals. Gimmick-y, indeed. Fun? Maybe, I don’t know. I received a sample, so no decals for me.
Interactive whisky packaging aside, the Big Peat range has a loyal following all over the world, and limited releases like the Feis Ile 2018 edition are always highly anticipated. Not by flippers, mind you, since Big Peat is not a whisky that will rise in value significantly. There are quite few Big Peat collectors out there though.
Anyway, I’m not one for collecting, and I don’t care much about packaging either. Let’s hope the whisky is tasty then…
Big Peat Feis Ile 2018 (48%, Douglas Laing)
Nose: Soft minerals, dried seaweed and quite intense fried bacon notes. Pretty savory, except for the subtle aroma of mushed banana. There’s a lingering barbecue smoke too, and muted peat in the background.
Taste: Peat, soot, charcoal, cigarette ashes. There’s a hint of lemon peel, and it is somewhat salty too, but this one is for the peat lovers.
Finish: Lingering peat, and finally a hint of milk chocolate and leather.
It’s Big. It’s Peat-y. It’s Big Peat.
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.