Big Peat 33-year-old DL

Overall rating
88.82/100
votes
121
Whiskybase ID
WB143086
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
1985
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
33 years old
Casktype
Cognac & Sherry Cask Finish
Number of bottles
1500
Strength
47.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LBB3D6890
Barcode
5014218812176
Added on
21 nov 2019 9:55 am by ViViTroNL
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 362.36

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121 × member ratings

303 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Big Peat 33-year-old DL

24 users have left 25 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.82 points.

  1. Noface83 scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    If I had to guess blindly I would say that Caol Ila, Bowmore and Ardbeg are the main components. Maritime, woody and pleasantly smoky. Unfortunately, after the brilliant nose, there is a small "flowery" dent in the taste, which the very good finish cannot completely iron out. I still like it very much, even if I would never buy an entire bottle for the price.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Surprising for the age, a heavy surge of smoke only after pouring. However, this disappears quickly and changes into slightly charred old wood that has just been sanded and is now freshly polished. As a refreshment after working with the wood, there is lemonade and fresh oysters garnished with lumps and orange zest.
      A great mix of fresh, grassy coastal whiskey style with citrus and light but always present smoke and on the other hand old wood and furniture polish.
    • Taste
      87 87
      It spreads creamy and fully aromatic in the mouth. Mild and "old" first play the orange zest note and a light leather note in the foreground. Then a subtle ashy smoke and coarse ground black pepper and salt fight their way forward. To the rear, it is getting sweeter with lemonade and now also a strange floral note. Oh the Bowmore is coming through. Unfortunately, from sip to sip, this floral note now dominates the taste. Somehow a strange mixture of bitter wood and charred violets. It's a shame.
    • Finish
      89 89
      In the finish this note remains briefly at the beginning - but is more pleasant here than in the taste. In addition, there is a slight honey and raisin sweetness. Very maritime again with a hint of smoke and ash. The sweetness remains from the medium to long and a note of coffee beans from the oak with a subliminal smoke. Very tasty and almost tasty ^^

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  3. huangshantong scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    For the whole wine, I feel that most of it belongs to Bowmore's expression, and it has little to do with other wineries. Of course, it may be that violet and bubble soap cover other flavors.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The flavor is very good, the smell is very harmonious and comfortable, flowers, citrus, soap, nectarine, oak, peat; the concentration is weaker, it is recommended to use a more concentrated scent cup.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very oily watery peat, great, enough openness, good pleasure; the taste buds are progressive, the honey and citrus in the entrance and exit will soon become peat, soap, oak , Tobacco, full of changes and layers.
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. NRS scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    No idea how this has such a good score, it’s got a lot of the soapy/lavender FWP which ruins it.

  5. whiskydramo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Bar soup, hay and some wax apples. Burnt wood, pear peel, dried leaves. White wine, bitter and medicinal marble. Boiled taro, salted kumquat and liquorice.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Diluted pear juice with mossy peat joined in seconds. Salted kumquat, charcoal, chalk, minerals and smoke from burning plastic.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Sweet, coastal and peated all blended nicely. Minerals, plastic, mouldy pear, fruit stem and moss. It also came with a bit of tannin.

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. whisk_guy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    0.65 left
    opened for 1 year and a month
    Glassware: Glencairn Copita
    Colour: Light Gold

    Second attempt finally
    • Nose
      89 89
      Intense lavender, soft peat, tangerine, light musk, green apple, malty, savoury, seaweed, malty, maple syrup, ginger bread
      Orange after 15mins
    • Taste
      90 90
      Medium body, smooth, very rich lavender, peat, little briny and soapy, light peach, green apple, ginger, light tannin
      2/10 Sweet
      3/10 Sour
      4/10 Salt
      1/10 Spice
      2/10 Bitter
    • Finish
      91 91
      Lavender, briny, mild peat, flower tea, light ginger, spots of musk, soap, light tannin, tangerine peel
      Bit dry mouth feeling
      Lavender tea stays with peat touches
      Tangerine peel 4mins45sec
      Length: Very Long (5mins50sec)

  8. malthead scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. whisk_guy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    0.75 left
    opened for 2 month
    Glassware: Glencairn Copita
    Colour: Light Gold
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peat, briny, rusty, citrus, orange peel, orange, light brandy and caramel, hints of soap
    • Taste
      88 88
      Medium body, lavender, soapy, light peat and tannin, smoky, hints of briny, citrus and white pepper
    • Finish
      89 89
      Soft peat, rust, soapy, hints of lavender and nuts
      Length: Long (4mins29sec)

  10. Dogs2 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  11. ConvalRen scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    I just can't drink this. It reminds me of whiteboard marker ink.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  12. EvilAFI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is tasty, no sign of ultra age or over oak. Touch of tobacco and leather, the sweet grape cognac finish works well with the peat. Easy drinking and just complex enough and
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet soft smoke, brine, white grape juice,
    • Taste
      91 91
      Soft, sweet, peat, vanilla cream, plum, no bite
    • Finish
      90 90
      Tobacco, white wine, medium

  13. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Strong first impression, it really gets to your taste buds and then the "layers" come into the whiskey. Topper !!!

  15. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Mapl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    Delicious. Complex, round, full-bodied, intense, but after the still smoky peaty nose, this gradually recedes and is replaced by more wine, sherry and fruit notes with exotic fruits, oak, vanilla caramel and spices.
    Big recommendation and still reasonably good value for money.
    I would guess a lot of Caol Ila, maybe Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain plus maybe a little Port Ellen, which would be a bit older then.

  18. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Compared to the 26yo (WID: 122582) significantly less smoke and freshness.
    The smoke is still clearly perceptible. In addition so floral notes, essential oils and waxed wood. The cognac keeps coming through.
    Quite oily in the mouth. Acacia honey. Tree resin. These floral notes again. Flower meadow. A little soap maybe. A little something like rosemary. In addition, sour fruitiness. Then the oak and smoke increase.

    In itself a very tasty whiskey. But I am bothered by the relatively dominant floral notes. So nothing for me.

  19. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Completely different on the nose than on the palate. Nice complex drop, for me backwards but too much oak
    • Nose
      93 93
      Sweet peach, toffee, vanilla, delicate smoke, floral note (cut flowers), complex
    • Taste
      89 89
      Violet, stronger smoke, very voluminous for the ABV, light sweetness
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long finish in the mouth on the cheeks, but for me too much oak, almost not noticeable / warming in the esophagus. Smoke and sweet remain harmonious

  20. klasek scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Very fresh citrus
    • Taste
      90 90
      Salty & oily peat
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long & peaty

  21. brechtvds scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    color : gold
    to be honest ,its not a very complex whisky there was no need to finish this whisky on 2 different casks
    but it's still a great blend well rounded flavors very mellow easy drinking whisky
    but at 250-300 i would skip this one your better of buying a bottle of peat's beast 25 + a bottle of ardbeg uigeadail
    • Nose
      very distinct citrus/salty peaty nose there is definitely a lot of caol ila in this one
      some menthol , lime , orange zest and some very earthy grassy notes in the background , burned oak
      doesn't really smell like there is alot of cognac or sherry influence reminds me of a mellow caol /ardbeg
      after a while there is a hint of furniture polish and leather
    • Taste
      very mellow easy drinking whisky now we get some cognac flavours , again the orange , lime , some ash , with a descent amount of peat
    • Finish
      long peaty earthy finish , orange , smoked meat

  22. Menko scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Oldest Big Peat so far.
    Big Peat contains mostly Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and even Port Ellen, but this is a distillate from 1985. So no Ardbeg or Port Ellen. Those distilleries didn't produce whisky that year.
    Tasted blind, I would say this whisky is no older than 20 years.
    For me, the cognac finish is not a great succes. This flavor seems to float on top of the rest and doesn't blend in.

    Tasting notes of 'Whisky notes.be':
    Nose: reminds us of a gentle old Caol Ila. What else could it be, right? Plenty of soft menthol, cold ashes, hints of turpentine and paraffin. Whiffs of tarry ropes and wet rocks. Also nicely honeyed notes, sweet lemons and jammy plums. Vanilla cake and almond oil. Really elegant. Mouth: certainly sharper but still rather impeccable. Starts on cold ashes, yellow apples and mentholated oak but there are great flashes of grapefruits and passion fruit acidity in the middle. Bittersweet oranges. Oak char and embering camp fire. Chlorophyll. Black pepper. A touch of carbolic soap. A bit of cognac-y punch as well. Finish: long, leathery, slightly briny. Some drier resinous notes too.

    Complex whisky with mellow peat and nice fruity notes. Very, very close to a single malt anyway.

  23. Implar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful combination of mature peat, sweet fruits and the interplay between them.

    http://awhiskyjourney.com/big-peat-33-47-2-abv-bottled-2019/
    • Nose
      It’s called Big Peat so I suppose it’s no surprise to find peat here. It’s not a sharp, focused peat but rather round and mature. The age is already showing here. There’s some menthol, but otherwise we’re dealing with quite a sweet nose with elements of raisins, red grapes and prunes. I was rather sceptical about finishing a 33 year old whisky, but it seems to have worked.
    • Taste
      Very well rounded and integrated, yet it still comes across as heavy and robust, in the best possible way. Quite salty, sweet tar and some of the fruits from the nose. Just like the nose, I find the cognac casks have imparted more influence than the sherry casks. That’s a good thing though, because of the somewhat unusual casks, we also get an interesting concoction of flavour.
    • Finish
      A nice and long finish with lingering smoke. A touch of lavender, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out there’s a decent amount of Bowmore in here. At the very tail end, there’s a little coffee bean to reduce the sweet notes on your palate, preparing it for the next sip.

  24. rampah scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

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

    This is the oldest Big Peat to be bottled to date. It exudes an elegance and wonderful aroma, which is supported by subtle smoke and peat flavours. The finish in casks previously filled with French cognac and Spanish sherry gives this blended malt from Islay a further aroma level with creamy fruit notes and a light but pleasant bitterness. A whisky for which one should take a lot of time to enjoy and which it thanks with a complex aroma profile.

    I thank Douglas Laing for the complimentary sample.

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2019/12/19/big-peat-33yo-1985-2019/
    • Nose
      Fine bonfire smoke on the nose with a touch of peat and burnt caramel. Sweet vanilla paired with fruity hints of plums, oranges and other citrus fruits. In the background a whiff of oak with cold ash.
    • Taste
      Powerful, full-bodied and sweet on the palate with creamy fruit notes, vanilla sweetness and slightly bitter Seville oranges. Wonderfully warming with some cracked black pepper, smoked bacon and discreet campfire smoke. Creamy towards the finish with a hint of bitter grape seeds.
    • Finish
      The finish is of medium length, creamy and pleasantly warming with sweet vanilla notes and orange jam. Becomes drier towards the end with oak and soft peat.

      With water: Somewhat fresh on the nose with citrus fruits. The addition of water pushes smoke and peat aromas into the background. On the palate less fruit sweetness, some vanilla with more spices, like pepper and cloves. Clearly more bitter with notes of grape seeds and oak. The finish is medium long, slightly prickling and warming but significantly dry with oak, ash and peat.

  26. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    There's a sweetness that weaves everything together yet always stays in its lane.
    • Nose
      Lovely gentle and mature notes of bonfire smoke and embers, with a subtle sweetness, highlighted by honey and prunes, but also vanilla and raw sugar. Finally a touch of tobacco leaves, menthol, paraffin wax and bung cloth.
    • Taste
      Caramel-glazed apples and plum juice, but also medicinal peat, as well as a touch of smoke. Some barbecued steak with a nice char, but also a big pinch of salt, followed by cracked black peppercorns.
    • Finish
      Medium in length. Peat and sweet orchard fruits.

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