Singlemalting #236 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 10 Big Peat

G’day all of you peat heads out there. Sorry for the delay this year in getting around to some serious peat. With all of the sherry votes we had this year we just had to make sure that we were off to a very sherried Christmas.

The peat votes also had a win and we promise that there are one or two more peated expressions in the 6th edition than there have been in the past. Good things come to them that wait I guess.

So today we are back with Douglas Laing and their well known Big Peat brand. Funny story here in that this was supposed to be the limited release cask strength Christmas edition of the Big Peat but some wires got crossed at the warehouse and we got the 46% edition instead. Whoops. By the time the mistake was caught it was too late and so here we are. Delicious anyway but wow that Christmas cask strength Big Peat was pretty special.

All of the single malts contained in this skillful blend are from Islay and this was the first of Douglas Laing’s regional brands. We have already had the Scallywag earlier this edition. Can anyone name the other of the trio?

Douglas Laing’s Big Peat

Douglas Laing Big Peat Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – Islay – Bourbon Casks – 46% abv

Colour:          Very light and now the front runner for the lightest colour this edition so far. Sauvignon Blanc.

Nose:              Baaaad Medicine is what I need……. sorry throwback to the 80’s there. Definite medicinal note along with some latex, pencil shavings, eraser dust, and vegemite. Love these notes and the fact that all of this is fantastic is why Islay whisky is so cool.

Palate:           Whoa ok big medicinal hit with some iodine, burnt rubber, salt, a wisp of smoke here but this is all about what that peat brings to the table.

Finish:          Very warming all the way down and all of the above lingers and coats the palate, throat, tongue, breath. I can even still smell the stuff seeping out of my glencairn from a foot away. It’s like some sort of Islay presence has possessed all my olfactory senses.

This is a really great balanced islay dram for every time the urge hits you that nothing other than beastly peat with fix. Having not had this until out trip to Scotland in May I can see why this has been such a popular brand for Douglas Laing.

Great blending work again from DL. Phew well hopefully that should hold the peaties for a wee bit.

On day 10 in the 5th edition we had the Secret Spirits Royal Brackla 11 Year Old that is still available in full bottle size.

You know you want to go and check out our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US. Plus the bonus Food Quig reviews.

Tomorrow we get back to something a little tamer and get back into something from Secret Spirits. There may or may not be sherry involved again hehehe.





Just do it. Check out our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US. Plus the bonus Food Quig.


  1. Jessie Voisin says:

    I had both the regular and Christmas Big Peat last year and actually preferred the regular version… I believe the Scotch Test Dummies felt the same way with the 2017 versions. Enjoying the calendar. A: Rock Oyster, Timorous Beastie and Epicurean

  2. Jeff Endrizzi says:

    I am nowhere near man enough for the peat in this whisky. It kicked my butt from the first inhale. This calendar certainly covers the spectrum.

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