Review: Big Peat Blended Islay Malt Scotch Whisky (Douglas Laing) / by Jason Hambrey

100% Malt Whisky
Distiller Multiple (Islay, Scotland)

This is just what you might expect - lots of blistering peat - commendably bottled non-chill filtered and without added colouring by the independent bottler Douglas Laing.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Lots of young, bold peat here. Fairly sweet, with some creamy, buttery notes – vanilla cream pudding, stewed pears, charcoal, celery, and lots of vegetal notes as well. The palate is soft and sweet at first, before mineral, sea-weed like peat (think laphroaig) kicks in, with some vanilla and creaminess and banana holding everything in balance too. Quite peaty, and yet still quite easy due to the creaminess and the sweetness. Banana cream pie on the finish, alongside some light ash and minerality and a slight tannic drying of the mouth. It is, for a peat monster, a bit too sweet and easy for me. I prefer the cask strength Christmas expressions…a bit more oomph and spice amidst the sweet buttery-ness.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $82.