Big Peat Christmas Edition DL

Overall rating
85.73/100
votes
150
Whiskybase ID
WB86450
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Bottled
2016
Casknumber
Batch 74
Number of bottles
15000
Strength
54.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Label
'All Islay' Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottle code
L120816
Barcode
5014218799675
Added on
05 sep 2016 12:00 pm by nordkrebs
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 114.36

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Whisky reviews for Big Peat Christmas Edition DL

27 users have left 28 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.73 points.

  1. sertustar scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    It's quite hot so we would need some water to properly note.

    On the nose yes of course peat but very perfumey. Sour cheese, lemon zest, antique store and old book. Addition of water rounds the nose off with malty notes and there's almost a hint of old grain whisky in there! Then I get pine needles, menthol, parsley, green grass seaspray.

    On the palate it doesn't feel like 54.6%. Zesty, sweet, bitter and peppery. Sour notes are here as well, very ashy, tobacco and leather with hints of lemon. With water the burn releases and much more pepper, cumin and cinnamon notes start to come forward.

    The finish is amazing in the sense that there's none of those classic ashy, leathery notes dominating. Don't get me wrong they're still there but you get more dark fruits, lemon and plastic note. With water the finish becomes sugar sprinkled grapefruit!

  2. gossm01 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It is of medium viscosity and its bouquet is of moderate intensity. I have aromas of pleasant peat smoke, maritime notes, caramel, light vanilla, mint, citrus and ash. Relatively flat malt. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is relatively well integrated and it has a moderately heavy body.

  3. The_Osprey scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Big Peat at Christmas 2016, 54.6%.

    Consumed Jun 2021.

    Almost colourless with the faintest ambiguous hue.

    Aroma is creamy, young spirit notes of berries, not much smoke if any, rust, lemonade and faint banana. All subtle impressions.

    Taste is soft, fairly neutral except for salt and charred wood impressions, faint lemonade and cream soda, certainly increasing smoke on the late finish. This is about as basic as peated whisky can be. Very clean and neutral up front but with an eventual resinous rustiness. The middle is water. The flavour is back-loaded - the salt and smoke wait and wait to show up, bringing along the faintest indiscernible fruity notes.

    Yep, pretty basic this one. Nothing wrong with it - certainly no off-flavours, nothing offensive, not rough or badly made ... but it just doesn't quite strike the right note for me. 3.25/78

  4. John87 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Donpistoni scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Bacon sandwich in a storm.

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. paulmalt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Nice whisky, spirit driven, as expected. i can taste the ardbeg in the development, but it's inturepted by the other malts. It does its name justice, it's farely simple on creamy vinalla citrus fruits and indeed big hits of peat.

  8. Jörn Krzizok scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  9. MrYens scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Actually very drinkable and enjoyable
    • Nose
      88 88
      Rather reluctant peat and smoke - reminds me on Caol Ila
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fine peat and smoke, subtle sweetness, little lemony
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium long, warm, balanced

  11. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Rarely had such a vanilla bomb, as expected heavy smoke. A great combo that is fun.
    • Nose
      86 86
      What a clear intense smoke, sweet, slightly sour yellow fruit, vanilla, a classic smoker from ex-bourbon barrels, alcohol well integrated, light spice, a breeze of cinnamon, with time, the smoke is greasy, slightly salty, somehow smoldering, one has the feeling that the glass would burn
    • Taste
      87 87
      full-bodied, intense, the same picture as in the nose, totally sweet, clear vanilla, fierce smoke, yellow fruit, some cinnamon, which is then even stronger, even here, the high alcohol content is not due to unpleasant sharpness
    • Finish
      85 85
      behind hack, the smoke lays dry over everything, vanilla bomb, lingers long and warm

  12. Mannix65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Young, wild, impetuous, full on the 10 - unfortunately little draft
    • Nose
      Heavy smoke with both campfire and light medical touch, acetic acid, cucumber, unripe gooseberry - in some way "unfinished" in the nose
    • Taste
      the medicinal smoke component topples the campfire, again the "green" notes of unripe fruits, green apples and gooseberries - actually the nose is confirmed in the mouth - metallic, but also very sweet
    • Finish
      lang, rauchig, scharf, süß

  13. Mannix65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  14. emptycask scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Perfect winter bottle, can handle a drop of water with ease.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. jankes scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  16. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Compared to the very first batch, that sweet Bowmore touch from the nose is gone. Apart from that, they managed to keep the profile very alike. Some of the whisky in there was perhaps a bit too young, but it's still very enjoyable. 85/86.
    • Nose
      Peat, apple, vanilla, pastry, fig, peach and minerals.
    • Taste
      Peat, apple, pepper, nutmeg and something schnapps-y.
    • Finish
      Peat, white bread, apple and pepper.

  17. MadScientist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Beautiful, young CS smoker, tasty and strong, but not better or worse than this or that single cask - so the high art of dazzling does not scream against me now, but that with all Islay malts and name and design are beautiful Gags, there are 55 € OK, especially as a gift, for me, but I would rather take a Classic of Islay for 45 €.
    • Nose
      fresh, very spicy, salt, greens, caper water (that would probably be the peat component, so smoky I do not think that), with a little water and time comes to light, creamy sweetness - the usual: vanilla, white chocolate, cereals / cornflakes ... after a while I have a really nice cool fresh-green note with a deep breath, like fresh sliced ​​cucumber with lime and some menthol
    • Taste
      Fat on your mouth: ashes, tar, black pepper, a whole lot of milk chocolate, coconut flakes
    • Finish
      long and smoky, the milk chocolate and the pepper remain, even the greens from the nose sound bitter again

  19. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    If you like your Islay peat, then this will give you some joyful evenings around Christmas. My favourite for this year.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. HW74 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. Guntis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  23. Dionysus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  24. vb_bembel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  25. WhiskyCask scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    This edition has all 8 active Islay distilleries in the blend, plus Port Ellen. It's somewhat different from the previous Christmas Editions. My full review is on: http://maltandoak.com/big-peat-christmas-edition-2016-all-islay-54-6/

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

    A full-bodied, gloriously peaty blended malt made with whiskies from
    all active eight distilleries on Islay's plus long-closed Port Ellen!
    Very well balanced with a medicinal curtain that unveils delicate sweet,
    malty and lingering fruity flavours though. A brilliant Islay
    experience, providing rapid pleasant warmth in the cold time of the
    year.

    I thank Douglas Laing for the sample!

    https://www.facebook.com/whisky.connaisseur/
    • Nose
      Fresh on the nose with peat, seaweed and camphor, followed by subtle
      chimney soot, coal ash and a maritime edge of briny flavours. Behind
      that, sweet notes make their way with vanilla, barley sugar, cereals,
      pears and a hint of citric fruits.
    • Taste
      Bold, rich and intense on the palate. Immediately warming spiciness of
      black pepper, oak, peat and tender coal ash, complemented by a slightly
      sweetness of vanilla and malted barley. Medicinal with beachy flavours,
      subtle sea salt and a fruity touch of white peaches and pears in the
      back. Very tasty!
    • Finish
      The finish is long, very warm and peppery with camphor, gauze bandage,
      coal ash and subtle peat. A sweet touch of barley sugar and peach on
      tail.

      WITH WATER: A few drops of water bring out more of the
      medicinal flavours on the nose with gauze bandage, camphor, peat and
      ash, while the freshness, vanilla sweetness and cereal notes are
      significantly tamed. On the palate, however, the hot spiciness is
      decreased dramtically bringing more of the barley sugar sweetness,
      delicate vanilla and fruity flavours to the fore. The finish is a bit
      shorter with a tender sweetness of vanilla and malted barley,
      complemented by a slightly warming mix of coal ash, camphor and peat.
      This is followed by a lingering touch of citric fruit on the tail.

  27. Islaywolf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  28. LordIslay scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

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