Big Peat 33-year-old DL

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Stated Age
33 years old
Cognac & Sherry Cask Finish
Number of bottles
47.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
21 Nov 2019 9:55 am by ViViTroNL

Average value

€ 324.25

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99 × member ratings

255 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Big Peat 33-year-old DL

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.49 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 ^^

  2. Samwise2020 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  3. 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

  4. 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

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

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

  6. 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 !!!

  7. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Mapl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


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