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Big Peat 1992 - The Gold Edition

Overall rating
89.68/100
votes
135
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
The Vintage Series
Vintage
1992
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Oak Casks
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
52.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5014218804874
Added on
10 Nov 2017 11:12 am by ctu
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 210,51

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Whisky Reviews for Big Peat 1992 - The Gold Edition

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.68 points

  1. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A beautifully matured, expressive blended malt from the Isle of Islay. Compared to the juvenile, impetuous Big Peat without an age statement, this limited edition captivates with its great balance of sweetness, fruitiness and warming spiciness, paired with discreet smoke and peat. Very soft and elegant. Not the most complex dram on this planet, but a real pleasing one for cosy hours in front of the fireplace.

    I thank Douglas Laing for the sample! https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/tasting-notes-english/blended-malt-whiskies/
    • Nose
      Smooth start on the nose with peat and smoke, charcoal and cold ash. Slightly minerally, nicely mixed with custard and burnt caramel. Sweet with smoked malted barley and a filigree but delicate fruitiness of yellow apples, white peaches and ripe bananas. It's not the big peat punch but very mild, smooth and mature. Very appealing!
    • Taste
      Bold, intense and sweet on the palate with caramel, barley sugar, ripe yellow apples and a touch of citrus in the back. Then warming with cracked black pepper, nutmeg and oak. Slightly peaty with hints of seaweed, iodine and sea salt. This is all wrapped in gentle cold smoke. Appears very mature and balanced - a great mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, warm, and slightly sweet with barley sugar and some yellow apples. Becomes slightly dry on the tail with a touch of oak, cloves and soft peat.

      With water: A little fresher on the nose when water is added. There's more yellow fruit coming through with lemons and peaches. Slightly more peppery and oaky with a tamed peaty smokiness. Prickling and sweet on the palate with citric fruits - lemons and oranges - while peat and smoke is fairly tamed. Smoked custard and slightly dry oak towards the finish. The finish is fairly dry with oak, cloves, sea salt and hints of peat.

  2. Malinois scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Evolves quite a bit throughout the bottle. The first part was the best, there was more light sweet soft peat in than the second half. First halve bottle it wasn't really noticeable which malts have been used. Now it's for sure a big share of Caol Ila. My opinion: Caol Ila with Bunna. 
    • Nose
      Iodine crystals hit the nose, citrus, seaweed, soft peatsmoke, 
    • Taste
      Stronger iodine than in the nose, citrusy, smoked ham, bacon, soft peatsmoke, full flavour. Balanced. 
    • Finish
      Long, soft peat smoke, short citrus, something very soft wooden element. 

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Proper, proper mature Islay whisky. If you are like me, and you'd rather drink something with more subtleties instead of overpowering peat, than this is a treat.
    • Nose
      Such a sweet, mature, barbecue-esque type smoke. Superbly balanced with lots of little complexities. Slightly mineral, with hints of smoked vanilla custard, and also fruitier notes like overripe banana and a whiff of pineapple. Finally some aniseed as well. I could nose this for a very long time.
    • Taste
      A nice salty arrival, followed by seaweed, cracked black pepper and hints of iodine. The barbecue smoke (accompanied by some lovely cured meat) is soft and subtle. A touch of oak. Again, the balance is perfect.
    • Finish
      Lingering smoke. Sweet. Finally some yellow fruits. Long.

  4. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    N: Seashells, pine tar, wool, lemon and lime zest, crunchie bar, wet ash, leather, pepper
    T: lemon candy, wet ash, candy corn, oily - nice mouthfeel,
    F: Really long finish that just keeps going and going. Lemony, chalky, sponge toffee, smoke and ash forever, some lime zest, smoked brisket. Great finish. The best part for me.

    Really an exceptional blend. A solid component of this must be Caol Ila. Definitely ok with me as 25+ year Caol Ila is almost always great. There is a part of this that reminds me of older bourbon matured Ardbeg, and that is a great thing too. Either way it’s a bourbon dominated old peater and I love it. Great stuff.

  7. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A whiskey too little complex but with the advantage of staying true to itself from beginning to end. I was expecting maybe too much for this version of 25 years.
    • Nose
      We are on a very peaty peat. There are also candied citrus fruits and eggshells. The whole is not alcoholic.
    • Taste
      Attack live but it goes down quickly even if all is very dry. Ash smoke with spices and fresh grass.
    • Finish
      Average, see short on smoke, spices and green / new wood. Drought is always present.

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      Honey, peat, citrus, lavender and herbs. Water releases apple.
    • Taste
      A mouth-watering sweetness with the peat. Candied orange.
    • Finish
      Peat, honey and orange.

  9. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Good nose and maturation but less body than expected. For this price I go for the core range.
    • Nose
      Sweet, peat, smoke, iodine and anise. Ripe fruits in barley and some vanilla. Matured without getting dull.
    • Taste
      Spices with a pinch of salt. Lighter body and more sour freshness than expected from the nose. Some iodine and a nice amount of peat and smoke. Less sweetness and more oak tannins near the end.
    • Finish
      Good medium and warming finish with salt and dry wood.

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