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Big Peat The Thropaigeach Edition Fčis Ěle 2024

23rd May 2024
Douglas Laing has released a special rum finished expression of their Big Peat Islay blended malt whisky to mark the Fčis Ěle 2024 and the whisky will be available globally.

Big Peat The Thropaigeach Edition Fčis Ěle 2024Douglas Laing's has unveiled a special bottling of their Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, Big Peat, for the Fčis Ěle 2024 and this years bottling looks like a big mouthful not only in peaty rum infused flavour but also to say, it is the Big Peat The Thropaigeach Edition. This Global Limited Edition, with an alcohol strength of 48% ABV, has been finished in specially selected ex-Rum casks, creating a powerful tropical-themed release of their classic Big Peat.

Douglas Laing tells me that fans can expect a distinctive profile starting with peated malt on the nose, followed by warming spice and a viscous palate featuring flambéed banana and barbecued meats, culminating in a charred pineapple finish. This unique cask finish celebrates the iconic Whisky Island of Islay.

The Limited Edition bottle showcases a unique, screen-printed design with Big Peat in pirate form, highlighting the Caribbean Rum cask theme. The tropical design includes palm trees, parrots, and swords, with a bright yellow capsule and design elements throughout.

In support of the launch, the team behind the iconic Islay Malt has partnered with the artisan pizza restaurant ‘Peatzeria’ in Bowmore, Islay. Big Peat will headline five tasting sessions during Fčis Ěle, held on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, and Sunday 26th May. Ticket holders can taste the new festival release, various Big Peat expressions, and unique Single Casks paired with fresh local delicacies.

Event details, including whisky information, availability, and pricing, can be found at the Douglas Laing website. These tastings will offer a rare opportunity to try exclusive editions of Bowmore, Caol Ila, and the legendary Port Ellen.

Big Peat will also join the Islay Gaelic Centre for a Big Peat Caribbean BBQ and Ceilidh on Sunday 26th May and a Quiz Night on Wednesday 29th, with proceeds benefiting the centre.

Additionally, Big Peat and the Douglas Laing & Co team will participate in the Independent Bottler Festival on Tuesday 28th May, providing numerous opportunities to discuss all things Islay and Big Peat with the team.

Commenting on the special edition bottling, Chloe Wood, Big Peat’s Brand Manager, said: "Big Peat fans have the chance to taste a new style of Big Peat in The Thropaigeach Edition. This is Big Peat but with an advanced fruity and citrus-driven tasting experience.

"Finished in Caribbean Rum Casks, this additional maturation style adds an extra level of complexity to the already smoky-sweet spirit of Islay. Being a tropical-themed release of Big Peat, it feels apt to be releasing this at Fčis Ěle on the Island of Islay and the perfect time to try The Thropaigeach Edition. Ready to be released to all Fčis attendees, The Thropaigeach Edition is the perfect dram to enjoy across the festival celebrations and beyond!".

Big Peat The Thropaigeach Edition has a RRP Ł65.00/€75.00 and is available from
specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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