Big Peat Christmas Edition DL

Overall rating
85.55/100
votes
122
Whiskybase ID
WB139014
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Bottled
2019
Casknumber
Batch 95
Strength
53.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L030719
Barcode
5014218811049
Added on
18 sep 2019 1:16 pm by DramTimeNL
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 63.28

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618 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Big Peat Christmas Edition DL

22 users have left 22 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.55 points.

  1. lucero scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. KB201 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    At the end of the year, Douglas Laing bottles his popular whiskey as a special edition in cask strength and in a special Christmas design. This year's Christmas greeting from the island of Islay contains single malts from the distilleries Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and Port Ellen.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Smoky with ash, coastal aromas and tar.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Smoky with an exploding sweetness.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long finish, becoming dry, smoke and a delicate sweetness remain.

  3. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    86 - 87
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. riegerjonas scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    2020-12-11: tasty and uncomplicated
    • Nose
      smoky creme brulee, cheesecake, vanilla, citrus
    • Taste
      minimally spicy, pleasant smoke, very sweet, balanced, very delicately bitter
    • Finish
      short

  5. Foudos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Holzwurm scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. WhiskyBlood scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  9. DannyDram scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Ash, extinguished fire, candy, vanilla, spicy, citric. The smoky obscures the underlying aroma, lively and somewhat unbalanced. Warm, sweet, full of body, limited complexity and little depth.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty peaty and powerful, little water makes it more drinkable
    • Nose
      89 89
      Iodine, seabreeze, vanilla, hints of peat, little smoked fish, oysters, little fruity, peach, little citric, seawater – not bad
    • Taste
      88 88
      Punchy, oily, subtle sweetness, peat and smoke, vanilla, more seawater, little seaweed, hints of bonfire, spices, little herbal
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm, more peaty, spicy, herbal

  11. Islaywolf scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    My Islay tastes the peat, the smoke ...
    But so far the weaker one of the Christmas Edition I tried.
    I especially don't miss the finish that much!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  12. LordIslay scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Smells a bit like a young Lagavulin.
      Pleasantly peaty.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Leaves a lot to be desired in terms of taste despite the high AVB. Could taste a little more intense and adapted to the nose.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Unfortunately, the exit failed. Liquor-like and very sterile / medicinal aftertaste. Overall much too hot.

  13. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. the_muskox scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A peat bomb this was not. There’s a local brewpub that serves a soft pretzel with syrup made from their wort as a sweet dipping sauce. I was reminded a lot of that while drinking this whisky. Which is a good thing, because that wort syrup is unbelievably delicious. Still, the whisky itself is on the simple side, and those slightly feinty notes on the nose aren’t really singing to me. It’s a really nice summer sipping whisky, as evidenced by me enjoying it in the sun on this 30-degree day. I like the standard Big Peat better.

    Nose: Certainly lives up to the name. Earthy, coastal, and slightly acrid peat. Heavy soot, wood smoke, charred brisket, smoked fish, damp clayey earth, and vinegar-based barbeque sauce. Lemon juice, unripe pears, and coconut water. Almost a funky mezcal-ish feint-y kind of note. Fragrant spices of cinnamon and cedar. Some brown-sugar-topped oatmeal, wood sugars, toffee, and a bit of milk chocolate.
    Wow, halfway through the glass, and much of the peat has vanished.

    Palate: Creamy! No heat whatsoever. Surprisingly mellow and sweet. Malty up front, with barley, wort, salted pretzels, and cereals continuing throughout the development. The peat is much more subtle: there’s soot and earth, but it’s rather subdued. Fresh lemon and ginger. More coastal and earthy on the back end, with nori, roasted nuts, sautéed mushrooms. Some green tea comes in late.
    Water adds some pleasant citrusy bitterness, and a bit more charcoal.

    Finish: Fairly light. Poached salmon with a cream sauce. A bit of a Longrow-esque hand cream note. More lemon, ginger, coconut, and green tea. Honey sweetness, rather than cereals here. Some charcoal and earth.

  15. Jackson05 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Blind sample.

    My guess was elements of islay peat, full proof. I’m pretty happy with that guess! I really like this dram. It’s not perfect, but it’s honest whisky. Young peat can be great too. You get a sense of the wort and mixed with very fresh, brooding peat.

    Lemon seeds, oily, brine, capers, billowing smoke, clean wort and distillate. No fake sherry or deception here. I love the Christmas theme packaging too.

  16. wildhairyhaggis scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
      First thought: ketchup

      Fruit notes (banana, citrus, pineapple), salt, peat / ash, cake spices (vanilla)
    • Taste
      85 85
      Pepper notes, ash, sweet fruit (ripe pineapple), wood / chocolate
    • Finish
      80 80
      medium length finish, smoke, salt

  17. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  18. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Cask strength heavily peated Islay whisky of a high quality, this is exactly what Big Peat is supposed to be.
    • Nose
      Very sweet and certainly not overtly peated. Touches of banana and vanilla custard, as well as crème brûlée. Some cream too, as well as a touch of nutmeg.
    • Taste
      Sweet arrival again. Overripe, mushed banana and vanilla, but also a touch of pineapple. Then the peat takes over. Intense and salty, very maritime. Some chili heat as well.
    • Finish
      Lingers for a long time. Spicy. More of the above.

  19. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very balanced vanilla and bourbon nose, quite greedy even, sponge cake, whipped cream, pastry cream. Icing sugar. But the peat is there of course, powerful, in the company of a fresh and salty iodine. It's the morning breeze on the beach. Vanilla in the mouth, a zest of lemon, white fruits, plums, kumquats. which bathe in a thick peat. Very appreciable explosive finish, sufficiently long and well controlled. Coal, limestone, gravel.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/11/big-peat-christmas-edition-2019.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  20. Querky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Very enjoyable Islay whisky with loads of sweet peat, barley and honey. Seems like a rather young whisky from refill casks, but this helps to preserve the typical character of smokey Islay whisky.
    Unfortunately it‘s not possible to taste the few drops of Port Ellen you get per bottle ;)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. dr.mad scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
      A young isla
    • Taste
      68 68
    • Finish
      65 65

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