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Overall rating
83.65/100
votes
941
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Bottled
2009
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5014218774702
Added on
02 Oct 2009 9:03 am
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 48.24

49 × in wishlist

941 × member ratings

2569 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Big Peat DL

69 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.65 points

  1. 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

  2. peej84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Sievi scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    I had the first encounter with the Big Peat 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-fuel 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 really good. But there is something in it that ruins everything.

    "Put a drop of liquid manure in a barrel of good whiskey and the whole whiskey tastes like liquid manure!"

    Douglas Laing, this blend didn't work!
    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. Teomarg scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  5. 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)

  6. Teomarg scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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.

  8. SRB scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Sandman23 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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.

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