Whisky Focus - Big Peat Christmas 2019 Review

Big Peat Christmas 2019 Review

11th December 2019
Review of of the festive cask strength winter warmer from Douglas Laing, the Big Peat Christmas 2019 edition

Big Peat Christmas 2019I have always been a big fan of Big Peat since its innovative creator, Fred Laing, poured me a dram of it 10 years ago now, 10 years on it is now a favourite with peaty whisky fans and you have just got to love these limited release annual Christmas editions.

This Big Peat Christmas 2019 is now the 9th limited release Christmas edition in the big peaty cask strength winter warmer series and I don't think you will ever find a more Christmassy looking bottle of whisky to give as a gift anywhere.

As always the peaty blended malt contains whiskies from your favourite Islay operating distilleries as well as a top secret amount from the long time closed Port Ellen.

Almost as much anticipated as the whisky itself is the festive packaging the whisky is presented in, this year it shows Big Peat carefully selecting the casks for 'his' 2019 Christmas expression, rolling a cask out of the cold, dark Islay warehouse on a snowy night. The premium gift tube glitters with the winter snowfall against the dark night’s sky.

Big Peat Christmas 2019 has been bottled at a blended cask strength of 53.7% ABV, it is naturally coloured, non-chill-filtered as always and has very palatable price tag of £51.95

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A deliciously enticing gristy Islay mix of salt, lemon citrus and peat smoke. Some sweet vanilla which is kept in check by a salty edge. The peat is gentle but at the same time screams Islay.

Taste: Demerara sugar sweetened creamy vanilla leads and is quickly followed by a mixed blend of Big Peats oily Islay peatiness which has a lovely liquorice edge.

Finish: Long, peaty oils tinged with liquorice and a little vanilla slowly fades out.

Comment: Big Peat is not the peat monster some would expect given its name, it certainly offers up a big helping of peat but what it is big on is quality, and this is another quality well constructed, cask strength peaty dram which given its festive packaging and what's in the bottle I would be more than happy to find it in my Christmas stocking. I would say that a mix of Ardbeg and Coal Ila styles have the biggest say here, another very enjoyable peaty dram.

SMW Whisky Score 88/100

You will find Big Peat Christmas 2019 available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt usually priced around £50.

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