Overall rating
83.31/100
votes
906
Whiskybase ID
WB10790
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Bottled
2009
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5014218774702
Added on
02 oct 2009 9:03 am
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 43.72

48 × in wishlist

906 × member ratings

2429 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Big Peat DL

72 users have left 81 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.31 points.

  1. EricLeeee scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    quite Islay, peaty enough with clear smoke even though the richness is limited.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. hzs275 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  3. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    S 6
    All-in-one Islay dram, you get sweetness and leather from Coal Ila & Bowmore, earthy and peat smoke from Ardbeg, and gimmick from Port Ellen.
    Unfortunately, you can certainly taste the youth in it and the experience is less enjoyable.

    N 27
    - Moderately peated
    - Earthy
    - Old leather
    - Fairly fruity in parallel
    - Some fresh herbs when left to breathe

    P 24
    - Seaweed
    - Bonfire
    - Again, fairly sweet from malted barley
    - Youth hanging around the edge of your tongue

    F 23
    - Mid-long, dry finish
    - Peat smoke wood
    - Salted candy lingering

  4. Roley scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  5. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. dominikbraun scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Iodine and sea full of fish, a little brackish. The tide, the spray, the foam. Seaweed, a pebble beach, prickly sea urchins, mussels and periwinkles. Little by little, it becomes more vanilla and more fruity. On the yellow plum, the slightly overripe banana. On the palate, it is quite watery, with a hint of vanilla, then spices, cumin, pepper, ginger, some marine reflections, a zest of lemon. The finish is not bad, quite long, on ginger and chives, but you shouldn't ask for too much either. Licorice.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/12/big-peat-small-batch.html
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Jabarkas scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    It is a good one. Very similar to Ardbeg Ten. And it is no surprise, because Ardbeg is in it. Along with Caol Ila, Bowmore a Port Ellen they say (I do not believe the last one that much).
    • Nose
      Peat obviously. :) Some alcohol as well
    • Taste
      Again a relatively large punch of peat. Behind it though, there is not that much else. Ardbeg in it is kind of prevalent I think. It brings some of its sweetness. But pure Ardbeg Ten is better. :)
    • Finish
      Peat, caraway. Kind of bitter in the end.

  9. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  10. Neverr3st scored this whisky 84 points Super Administrator

    Very drinkable chewy peat, with a nice mouthfeel. The smoke on the finish doesn't linger too long, making you you want to take another sip. :)

    I do think its a little expensive when not on offer. Approaching €40, there are a lot of Islay single malts competing in that price range

  11. Gweddry scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    probably the best one out of DL's core blended malts range
    • Nose
      dry smoke, bricks, balsamic, whey, bacon, avocado, cumin, brine, olive oil, pepper, malt, bun, eucalyptus, tires, perfume
    • Taste
      salty, initially weaker, then very sharp, earthy smoke, moist coal, herbs
    • Finish
      shorter, eggplant, zucchini, moist ash, ginger, a trace of sherry

  12. Sievi scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    The first encounter with the Big Peat was in a tasting. The Big Peat followed a Ledaig 10 and went under immediately.

    The order of the tasting was deliberately designed in the belief that after the Ledaig something would come that was peatier and stronger in taste. But far wrong. On the nose there was an unpleasant phenolic note and the taste showed that this note was also present here. And then the drink fell against the Ledaig in the “candy water” category. None of the taste nuances could still prevail. Big Peat? Not even close!

    The second attempt, now without the influence of a previous drink:
    Where does this phenolic-spicy note come from? It is so typical for a New Make whiskey that a very young whiskey has a massive influence on the experience. A few drops of Port Ellen can never cure this.

    The whiskey already has a hint of complex aromas and is not that far from being good. But there is something in it that ruins everything.
    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  13. Teomarg scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. Cyril31 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Very good. Smoke an a long finish.
    On the nose you find grape and of course smoke all along the taste (in mouth and the finish)

  15. Teomarg scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 84 points Super Administrator

    One could argue that a few drops of Port Ellen in this Blended Malt can't make much of a difference, but it's a nice gimmick. Typical Islay peat smoke, coal tar and TCP dominate the nose, followed by fennel, baked banana and underlying Caol Ila sweetness. It's very raw, young and spirit-driven. On the palate, a phenolic blast of 'Big Peat' overwhelms the senses, very dry and edgy, subduing notes of honey, pears and subtle oak. Pineapple, menthol and a touch of briny seaweed subside in the long and peaty sweet finish. So where is the Port Ellen? I'm joking.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 84 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  17. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Very smoky and peaty on the nose. Salty, young metallic and also very smoky in the mouth. I would say a lot of young Caol Ila. Due to the other distillery parts a little dirtier, also slightly fruity. With something too one-sided. I think Rock Island is better.

  18. SRB scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  19. Sandman23 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  20. andrea1200gs scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Big Peat is in my opinion the best mixed malt there is!
    The nose and taste are too good to worry about the finish.
    I do not recommend added water, it ruins the taste.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Smoke, peat and ash. Over time, the aroma of bacon develops in the glass.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Slightly oily consistency. It is a little salty, and at the end it develops aromas of pepper and tobacco.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The only negative point is that it slips too fast in the throat. Good way to drink it more often.

  21. Mr. D. scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  22. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Batch 60 (2014)

    Revisit an old batch before trying the current. #2/2

    N- Lovely sweet malt follow by pungent fishy nose, eucalyptus and thick coat of sea salts. Cardboard-y, ashy with green tinge, get more herb-y then to candy, quintessential classic salty Islay peat lingers, breezy, lightness of ginger and lemon mix, full yet delicate, well evolved cured ham, salted honey. (91/22)

    P- Well integration of island peat with salts, saline, herb-y, smokes, pounded peppercorn, balanced with lemon lime. (89/22)

    F- Medium-long, spicy mouth wash, exotic young banana, fresh and zesty, not with much refine depth on the finish but well interpretation on the isle characters and ultra balanced that let all elements shines in this blends. (88/22)

    Body/Balance- 93/23 Bold and full, superbly packed blended malt with amicable lightness, masterfully compose.

    Weighted Rate- 89pt + 1 for the good value.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Lovely sweet malt follow by pungent fishy nose, eucalyptus and thick coat of sea salts. Cardboard-y, ashy with green tinge, get more herb-y then to candy, quintessential classic salty Islay peat lingers, breezy, lightness of ginger and lemon mix, full yet delicate, well evolved cured ham, salted honey. (91/22)
    • Taste
      P- Well integration of island peat with salts, saline, herb-y, smokes, pounded peppercorn, balanced with lemon lime. (89/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium-long, spicy mouth wash, exotic young banana, fresh and zesty, not with much refine depth on the finish but well interpretation on the isle characters and ultra balanced that let all elements shines in this blends. (88/22)

      Body/Balance- 93/23 Bold and full, superbly packed blended malt with amicable lightness, masterfully compose.

      Weighted Rate- 89pt + 1 for the good value.
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  23. whiskyd scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  24. Othorion scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  25. hawk31 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    It does not quite meet my taste. Maybe I've been too much on sherry- / Weinfassagagerte whiskeys lately. The bottom line is that he feels a bit too young.
    • Nose
      Ostensibly, of course, first a lot of smoke, first a lot of sweetness, which then gives a herbal note, mint and a little vanilla space. Much more does not give me the nose.
    • Taste
      The smoke comes to me only when swallowing. Oiliness and spice, which is strongly linked to the smoke. The sweetness is stronger in the nose. The alcohol content could even be slightly higher for my taste.
    • Finish
      Maximum medium-length finish, a little too tart, except smoke and spicy notes hardly remains over.

  26. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nicely balanced with a reasonable complexity. Very good daily peated dram.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. oppi scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Smoke bomb with nice sweet undertones ... but not very complex

  28. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A dram of entry of the BP, certainly to take in choke for another BP in cask.
    • Nose
      watery peat, and lemons, some spices
    • Taste
      the peat that will actually liquefy as the yellow lemon, a little tangerine, the back of the artichoke, it's soft, watery under the tongue
    • Finish
      average on the same aromas, dry woody light return with ashes!

  29. mer1973 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  30. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I had a good memory of the latter but the, big disappointment. A dram to share with friends with biscuits aperitifs.
    • Nose
      Very low alcoholic power. A nose on smoking / grilling with some notes of fresh fruit.
    • Taste
      Very light attack / watery. Fine peat with notes of fruits and mushrooms.
    • Finish
      Nice length, big bitterness.

  31. peej84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  32. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The beginning was good, a few unusual notes of fried fish and potatoes, but everything is harmonious and interesting, the taste with the aftertaste turned out to be not that poor, but somehow empty, the wateriness present there also did not add positive impressions; gradually the taste / aftertaste is cracked and everything becomes more acceptable, Ardbeg is clearly palpable, in principle, for its price is not bad.
    • Nose
      Open, warm, smoke-rubber, however, the rubber quickly fades away, extinct fire coals, burnt rags, malt, wet grain, raw potatoes, cracklings, roasted pollock, chips, chips
    • Taste
      Rezkovaty, smoky with an admixture of rubber at first, watery, dry (in the sense not sweet), charcoal, burnt paper, light peppery wave.
    • Finish
      Warm, smoky peat, watery, bitumen, tar, burnt paper, burnt branches, charred bark.

  33. valery77 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  34. peej84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  35. eaque scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    From Whiskyfun    November 5, 2009

    Big Peat (46%, Douglas Laing, +/- 2009) A vatting of Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and Port Ellen. Some people have been arguing about the character on the label – is it Fred Laing, Stewart Laing of Captain Haddock? Colour: gold. Nose: rounder, more on coffee and chocolate at first nosing, getting then very coastal, on oysters and other seashells. Mixed herbal tea (like aniseed and linden), lemon balm… Then wet wool and raw peated barley, tarry rope, hessian... Very, very nice combination. Some young single Islayers can be a tad mono-dimensional so this vatting brings complexity – not to mention the Port Ellen that’s obviously quite old. Mouth: excellent attack, as Islay as an Islayer can be. Quite amazingly, it tastes as if it was coming from one single distillery, as it’s very, very compact. Rooty, leafy, very peated, lemony, ashy, kippery… Maybe a tad closer to Caol Ila than to the others on the palate. Very good. Finish: long, ultra-clean, zesty, peaty. Big dram. Comments: it is an excellent surprise, a vatted that may defeat many young singles when tasted blind. Funny label too. SGP:457 - 88 points.

  36. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    He is definitely pleasing and easy-going.

    Notes from a blind tasting
    • Nose
      Subtle (Islay?) Smoke mixed with light apples. Vanilla and a little caramel. It smells like a flower meadow. Add to that a fruity sweetness. The alcohol is barely perceptible.
    • Taste
      The taste starts slightly bitter, but then quickly turns into sweet caramel. A little oak is there too. Again, vanilla and here, the alcohol is barely noticeable.
    • Finish
      The finish is rather short. First, a decent portion of sour lemon. Then a little oak and sweetness. Here the smoke is clearer again than in the taste.

  37. hans1971 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  38. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose:- Classic phenolic goodness, full but delicate. Multi layered and complex. Almond and chocolate upfront, then asparagus and vegetation notes whiff pass, a touch of mineral salty undertone. Water draw out some oily coconut and nutty fragrant.

    Palate:- Oily, turf-burning, antiseptic and lightly tar. Cola soda sweet with a tinge of sour fruits. Well rounded and good body.

    Finish:- Kick at the back of palate and brought out the spiciness, more puffs of smoke on the way down with touch of sweet fig. Throat
    awakening.

    Weighted Rate- 84pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  39. Gorbagh scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    This actually feels like a perfect whisky for peatheads like me. Typical Islay spirit with heavy loads of peat, mouthful of sea salt, smoked meat, seaweed... Imagine a windy day at the island shore, with fishnets on the rocks, seagulls and seals feasting on the bare cliffs, smell of wet wood, ash, salty leather belts and a campfire anigh.

    Smoky, iodic, medicinal, with dominant taste od phenols. Like the name suggest, only for fans of very peaty liquids.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  40. Dre73 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Pretty nice dram, but the highlight is mainly in the smell. In addition to the smoky peat notes, there is also fruity and sweetness.
    In the taste the fruitiness seems to disappear.
    Finish is a bit on the short side. All in all quite a nice blend, but for the money of a bottle I would rather buy a bottle of one of the whiskeys that are used in this blend.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  41. Dre73 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    The nose is richer than the final taste, but other than the name suggests, there is also some space for some sweetness.
    • Nose
      peat, smoky, but also fruity, citrus, even soapy water (pleasant though). Also sweet, honey, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Peat and some smoky, salmiakkick stayed out. What salty, and also sweet, honey.
    • Finish
      Fairly short, some smoke / ash, sweet. And wood / oak.

  42. Waykid scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The first drops of Port Ellen in a bottle I bought were in an earlier version of this...In my view a really good heavily smoked malt-blend, that holds it's place in comparison to entry-level single malt OB Islays. Highly recommendable for the price.

  43. Bishlouk scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    In the end it is not very peaty, in fact. Yes, the smoke is present, but I've seen hundreds of more peaty whiskeys. As I expected, the profile is very very young. This product, marketed "big peat" (without being) to hit Port Ellen on the label (without feeling in the glass) and very small to make it easy in the mouth, seems to me rather intended for an unsuspecting public who will be satisfied with little. In the mouth anyway, it's not my thing at all, personally.
    (batch 30.09.2015)
    • Nose
      A lot of vanilla and "new make" (pear), and very malty. The peat comes in vanilla smoke.
    • Taste
      Light, almost watery, and ultra easy to access. The "new make" is always present, as well as the vanilla smoke. It is very monolithic: Vanilla, pear, ash smoke. Point.
    • Finish
      Short. The ash becomes slightly bitter, then everything disappears from the mouth.

  44. Shane_IL scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    You can tell it’s mostly young malts but not too young, the peat notes are quite sweet and sprightly, with a few hints of complexity to it, and the final product is ‘big’ yet gentle.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/06/04/big-peat/
    • Nose
      Mineral peat. Hay. Salty wood. Lemon dish soap. Porridge with honey. Some floral notes. Bit of a fruit in custard note after some glass time.
    • Taste
      Thick mouthfeel, but not much action until the swallow (that could be taken out of context all too easily). Grassy peat. Rubber. Iodine. Salt. Then a big note of lemon zest and white pepper.
    • Finish
      Long. White pepper. Lemon zest. Salty peat. Bit of a lingering bitter wood note.

  45. Whiskyflasken scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  46. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  47. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    not the kind of peatiness
    found in laphroaig or ardbeg,
    lighter yet carries a salty, sweet and floral character (think of it as a salty
    glengoyne 15
    with peat or ardbeg uigedail
    light)
    • Nose
      musky
      earth, salt, salty floral, sea breeze?(fresh yet salty), hints of highland
      sweet
    • Taste
      highland sweetness/floral with a blast of
      peat and saltiness, cream
    • Finish
      medium-long, salty floral, silky peat?,
      light coffee

  48. EarlMobile scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    The name is program. Already in the nose a lot of peat, smoke and ash comes to light. In taste then the same picture with an additional medical touch. Not bad, where he tastes a little too much for ashes (and tobacco). Personally, he reminded me of the Smokehead, which I would prefer ...

  49. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blindverkostung.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  50. PaLbl4 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    batch#69 

  51. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: peat, sweet, vanilla, malt, maritime, eucalyptus
    Taste: Strong dry ashen smoke, sweet, salty, medicinal, tobacco
    Finish: ash, dry, slightly sweet, oak

  52. Paulski88 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  53. theendh scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  54. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  55. Guntis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  56. Implar scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Color: Very pale

    Nose: Let's get this out of the way, there's peat, and a lot of it. Behind it I find some smoked ham, lemon and orange and a touch of brine. I remember not liking this nose at all when I started out because it came out too strong, although I'm fine with it now.

    Palate: Starts off salty, and then the peat hits you again. It's quite medicinal, but the ham can be found in the background.

    Finish: The medicinal peat remains, but is accompanied by bonfire smoke, which lasts for quite a while, some vanilla pops up as well.

    All in all a nice blend, although the nose is far more interesting than the taste. On one hand, it's a great showcase for Islay. On the other, I find the single malts from the involved distilleries to have more character.http://whiskyinformer.com/home/big-peat

  57. KayMeertens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Mainly Caol Ila I'd say, but I recognise some Ardbeg as well and a little Bowmore in the nose.
    • Nose
      Sweet lime, peat, vanilla sugar, orange and pencil shavings.
    • Taste
      Peat, sweet lime, pepper, gingerbread, orange and sugar.
    • Finish
      Peat, lime, sugar, gingerbread and soy sauce.

  58. markkerr02 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2097%20%C3%85rsm%C3%B6te%20med%20Ardbeg.html Test 097: Annual meeting with Ardbeg - 100130
    The whiskey tested: Glass 1 Ardbeg 17YO, 40% 28 points
    Glass 2 Big Peat, 46%; Douglas Laing 8 points
    Glass 3 Ardbeg Ten, 46% 25 points
    Glass 4 Ardbeg1998 cask 2437, 53.9% (fat sample) 101 points
    Glass 5 Ardbeg Uigeadail, 54.2% 173 points
    Glass 6 Ardbeg Still Young 1998/2006, 56.2% 42 points
    Glass 7 Ardbeg Corryvreckan, 57.1% 119 points
    Glass 8 Ardbeg Supernova Stellar Release, 58.9% 49 points Testimonials Per Eriksson Big Peat, 46%, Douglas Laing
    Scent: Smoke, salted, iodine? raw, young
    Taste: Sell, smoke, peppers, spices
    Aftertaste: Smoked, salted, spices
    Points: 82 Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Big Peat, 46%, Douglas Laing
    Color: Gold-colored
    Scent: Smoky, alcoholic
    Taste: Dry, smoky, slightly fat, flame smoke
    Aftertaste: Long with smoke and a little dried fruit, some sweetie comes
    Score: 85

  59. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Massive. Glowing ash. Salt. Maritime notes. Lemon. Sweet notes of vanilla and brown sugar behind.
    • Taste
      Torfasche. Salt. Olives. Getting sweeter with time. Oily. Caramel. Honey.
    • Finish
      Medium. Ash. Behind it again sweetness of caramel and honey. Drying. Some oak.

  60. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The nose is a nice blend of cow stable peat and ashy peat. Lemon fresh, but warm sugared cookies at the same time. You know it's young, yet it's not feisty.

    Light arrival, but gets more oily. Pepper and ashes.

    Finish goes from ash to cow stable and pepper, with which lingers on.

    Nice nose. The rest is good, but the nose is most interesting. 

  61. Gos Ruben scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  62. Mob Barley scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    I must admit I was a little disappointed here. The nose is quite promising with peat smoke (obviously), tar notes, a salty, briny note and some hints of sweetness (vanilla, honey) and lemon.
    On the palate, however, things remain pretty one-dimensional (smoke and a little sweetness); there is not much development going on concerning complexity. Quite an enjoyable, but rather flat dram.

  63. WhiskyCask did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    I reviewed the Ardbeg-peatyness with Caol Ila lemoniness delivery of Big Peat on:
    http://maltandoak.com/big-peat-tasting-notes-for-a-blended-malt-that-is-a-brand/

  64. TastyDram did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This is a blend that calls a halt to single malt snobbery. Bold youthfulness, surprisingly complex and affordable. It competes in the price range of 16 year old Jura's or Aberlours.
    • Nose
      A puff of smoke and vanilla rise from the glass. Once you wriggle yourself through these initial flavours, a sandalwood cigar box filled with grinded coffee beans is opened. Some eucalyptus and light sulphur make it slightly more interesting. This flavour profile reminds me of young Ardbeg.
    • Taste
      The taste is medicinal and smoky. Sweet tobacco and ashes of aromatic sandalwood. Sometimes there's a hint of rubber and Play-Doh.
    • Finish
      The finish is extremely long and dry. The smell of fresh bread dough lingers in the glass.

  65. numen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    from a purchased sample
    • Nose
      Not sure exactly what constitutes this expression or from which batch
      this one hails. Nice smoke and peat with ash and salty coastal notes.
      Light mesquite bbq, and even some white wine. Altogether approachable
      and elegant. Seems to have a nice dose of Caol Ila. Lemon and light
      orange fruits like peach.
    • Taste
      Sweet, fruity, and a bit feisty. Not quite the peat or smoke here that
      I'd have expected based on the nose. Lemon, spicy ginger, pineapple, and
      sweet honey. This gives way to heaps of ash. Hooray! Dry and ashy. The
      coastal quality is fairly mellow here. The peat is more soft and
      pervasive, coming out a bit at the midpalate. Not the peat blast that a
      name like Big Peat might suggest.
    • Finish
      Ash and a faint wisp of bbq. Eventually lemon, sugar, and vanilla
      re-emerge. Pretty simple and straightforward, but delicious and just the
      sort of thing that I enjoy. Very well done. I can definitely see myself
      keeping a bottle of this on stock and at hand

  66. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Big Peat DL Tasted 2014-05-23 @ Whiskey and More Bremen: salty, massive smoky, earthy, but nice long, orange finish.
    84

  67. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nice work!
    • Nose
      smoke, sea breeze, iodine and lemon.
    • Taste
      Smoke, peat, salt, pepper, sweet, lemon and chocolate!
    • Finish
      Smoke and iodine.

  68. Norbs scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    I love this blended malt, made from Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila & Port Ellen. A true (smoky, peaty) Islay taste with an own character.

  69. alectron scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Not a bad nose, but palate & especially finish feel quite characterless. It has peat alright as it claims on the label, but not much more.

    2013_10 - Islay blind tasting. Bottle from 2012 most likely & very pale visually.

  70. granella2003 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Colour : Light Gold

    Taste : Rich, vanilla, peat, citrus

    Smell : grassy, cocoa, fresh fruit

  71. granella2003 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A blended malt from Islay consisting of a collection of premium malts from Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and Port Ellen. A whisky that is quality and craftsmanship in 2010 was awarded a gold medal at the World Whisky Awards. The Whisky Bible from 2011 Big Peat gives a score of less than 96!

  72. granella2003 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      96 96

  73. Furtia scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  74. granella2003 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    20.10.2012 a remarkable dram
    • Nose
      PEAT, citrus, little smoke, initially tire? after sweet biscuits, seaweed and iodine
    • Taste
      Citrus, little sweet, peat but not so heavy what I think-hope. Again smoke and yellow fruit with honey
    • Finish
      Light to medium, with iodine and smoke

  75. granella2003 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    from http://www.drankgigant.nl/sterke-drank/whisky/big-peat.html
    • Nose
      Round aromas of coffee, caramel, vanilla and chocolate quickly followed by hints of seafood, such as oysters, anise, peat and barley
    • Taste
      Rich taste of peat, turf and more, followed by toffee and dark chocolate. Simple but very tasty!
    • Finish
      A long and dry, earthy finish with a spicy touch of eucalyptus and tones of peat

  76. HunterRomario scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke, peat, is the first to operate lightly but gradually develops. (82)
    • Taste
      Beautifully rich, smoky, with a transition to sweet tones. (90)

  77. zinaf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I love it.

    SGP:448
    • Nose
      Fantastic nose. So many levels of smoke/peat. Sweet; burnt grass; turkish delight.

      (water) - antiseptic; old medications drawer. I like the nose better without water as it flattens it. Kippers. Cedar wood infused with tobacco (old humidor)
    • Taste
      Ashes; cured ham; lemon zest. Oily texture. Very rich flavour. 

      (water) - peat, ham; charred wood. With time more of the peat.
    • Finish
      Medium, on smoke and with the water some salt.

  78. Feusi scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Wow, a salute to Islay. Beautiful tarry, peaty and smoky. The salty sea brize comes wonderful in your mouth, with a long spicy finish. If you like Islay and spirit from Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and, shockingly, Port Ellen (so they say) you should buy a bottle.

  79. Lafroy scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nose is jest greatly filled with smoke, peat, iodine, alga, seaweeds, salt, campfire and power. Additionally, notes of sourness and light citrus.
    • Taste
      It starts with sweetness, peat, smoke, campfire, salt, some notes of sea as well as smoothness and creamy citrus notes.
    • Finish
      Medium long, peaty-sweet and relatively pleasant.

  80. Vassago Clynelish scored this whisky 84 points Administrator

    Blended Malt from: Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila & Port Ellen

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