The final blend in the Doulgas Laing Remarkable Malts range is the Big Peat. This is meant to represent the malts of Islay which is know for its smokey whiskies. It can take a while to get use to peated malts and to pick out a range of flavours behind the initial smokiness but if you persevere you will be rewarded with some interesting flavours. There are the likes of Bowmore and Lagavulin which are known for their sherry influenced style and then there is Ardbeg which is more bourbon influenced. Then there is Laphroaig which is full on medicinal. The label on Big Peat states that it contains malts from Ardbeg, Bowmoare, Caol Ila and the rare Port Ellen.
Whisky: Big Peat Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 46%
Nose: Fragrant, lemon and lime, buttery, fizzy candy,
Taste: Malt, chocolate, citrus rind, raisins, cinnamon, earth, ash and oak
Finish: Mocha and chilli
Summary: This is a rich peated malt which maintains its maltiness, citrus and sherry qualities alongside the smokiness. There is some spice to this too which provides a nice kick. The balance of peat and cask influence is much more to my liking compared to the Rock Oyster and this is mainly due to the sherry influence playing its part and not overtaking things either like I find with some bottles of Bowmore. A solid introduction to the Islays and one worth trying if you are new to peated whiskies.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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