Whisky Focus - Big Peatís Pals & Provenance Caol Ila 6 Year Old Feis Ile 2017

Big Peatís Pals & Provenance Caol Ila 6 Year Old Feis Ile 2017


10th May 2017
Douglas Laing unveil sherry finished Big Peat's Pals and a single cask Provenance Caol Ila 6 Year Old for Feis Ile 2017.

Big Peat's Pals and a single cask Provenance Caol Ila 6 Year Old Feis Ile 2017.

Independent bottler Douglas Laing has unveiled two special whiskies which they have bottled for Islayís Annual Festival of Malt and Music, Feis Ile 2017. They have put together a special expression of their popular Islay blended malt Big Peat which they have named Big Peat's Pals Feis Ile 2017. The second limited release for this years festival is a single cask bottling, Provenance Caol Ila 6 Year Old Feis Ile 2017.

"Big Peatís Pals", is a special release of the firmís popular Islay Blended Malt and a very clever piece of marketing, the tube it is presented in features the faces of over 300 fans of the peaty blend from all over the world which were collated via a social media competition earlier this year. Now if you are a whisky fan and your picture is on the tube it is almost a certainty that you will want to purchase at least one bottle.

Big Peatís Pals was created from a vatting of the classic Big Peat recipe which comprises of spirit distilled at Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and of course the usual bucket load of Port Ellen. What makes this even more attractive is that it was finished in Spanish Sherry butts, the first time an expression of Big Peat has had a sherry finish, lets hope it is a good one.

Big Peatís Pals Feis Ile 2017 has no colouring or chill-filtration, it is was bottled 48% ABV and is a limited release of 1600 bottles which will be available globally.

The second Douglas Laing offering for the Feis Ile 2017 is a single cask bottling, Provenance Caol Ila 6 Year Old Feis Ile 2017 which was distilled in November 2010 and bottled in April 2017 at 50.8% ABV.  From the tasting note on the bottle I am assuming that it was matured in a Bourbon cask but it doesn't actually state the single cask type. The flavour profile is said to comprise of smoked meats, bonfire smoke and charred wood, with a honeycomb sweetness prevailing on the finish. These Caol Ila malts bottled young and at high strength can be exceptional, and I would guess as this is bottled especially for the Feis Islay, Fred Laing and his team has selected something special to bottle.

Both whiskies will launch during the Islay Festival but don't worry if you cant make it to Islay as they will both be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt
 

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