Big Peat - The Gold Edition - 25 years old

Big Peat - The Gold Edition - 25 yr old

Independent Bottler: Douglas Laing

Year of Distillation: 1992

Age: 25yr old

ABV 52.1% 

Bottle size: 70cl

Price: £165

Nose 21/25 - salty sea breeze, seaweed filled rock pools, freshly roasted hog.

Taste 22/25 - very sweet, almost toffee apple and then a sweaty saltiness.  A drying spice a bit like cracked black pepper.

Finish 22/25 - a deep mellow gingerbread, coupled with some all spice and woodiness.

Balance 23/25 - if you want a high quality well aged vatted malt from Islay then look no further.

Total 88/100

The regular releases of Big Peat and his Christmas variant are always very reliable and accessible.  This takes it to a different level and bodes well for the two releases still to come in this series.

Rock Oyster Cask Strength

Rock Oyster Cask Strength

  • Independent Bottler: Douglas Laing
  • Age: No age statement 
  • ABV 57.4%
  • Bottle size: 70 cl
  • Price: £ 50
  • Nose 21/25 - more BBQ pork and fire embers, hints of charcoal 
  • Taste 23/25 - sweet just like the original but much more spicy, lots of pepper and even touch of chilli and perhaps even salted caramel 
  • Finish 22/25 - raising the ABV by more than 10% has a real impact here moving it longer and deeper, not quite "Big Peat" but heading in that direction.
  • Balance 23 /25 - I liked the original but I like this even more, it's deeper darker and much more complex
  • Total 89/100

Rock Oyster Cask Strength; is the recently launched turbo charged version of last years Rock Oyster. It contains whisky distilled on Islay, Arran, Orkney and Jura, and it has all the coastal qualities from the original Rock Oyster but turned up to 11.

Rock Oyster

Rock Oyster

  • Independent Bottler: Douglas Laing
  • Age: No age statement 
  • ABV 46.8%
  • Bottle size: 70 cl
  • Price: £40
  • Nose 20/25 - whispy mild smoke not a raging campfire
  • Taste 23/25 - sweet, salty brine with a citrus twang and a twist of pepper
  • Finish 20/25 - given what is a fairly generous ABV its a mid length finish, you'd want to drink it later in the evening.
  • Balance 22/25 - I lift my hat to Douglas Laing once again Fred, Cara and Jan know how to construct a great Vatted Malt
  • Total 85 /100

Douglas Laing's Rock Oyster is a small batch bottling created using malts including those distilled on the Islands of Jura, Islay, Arran and Orkney.  It's bottled at 46.8% ABV without colouring or chill-filtration.

Burns Tasting 2016

It's been a quiet January  but we made up for lost time on Tuesday evening when Glasgow's Whisky Club held a combined AGM and Burns night in the Bon Accord and it was a busy evening!  We had traditional Burns fare with haggis, neeps, tatties etc. (all fantastic!). We then enjoyed eight (yes eight!) interesting and varied drams (photo's below) including a Clynelish 7 yr old, the 8 year old The Quiet Man, the Benromach 5 year old, a 23 year old Aberlour from Whiskybroker, a 22 year old Bruichladdich from Dream Drams, "Portsoy Boy" a private bottling of Glenglassaugh, the Kilkerran Sherry Wood (work in progress) and bringing up the rear the 2014 Kilchoman (Land Rover) Tour bottling.

Dram of the night? "Portsoy Boy" a private bottling of Glenglassaugh from a port cask which was donated by a club member.

Moral of the night?  If you love whisky and can pool resources to buy a cask go for it you could find yourself with a right cracker!

Oak Cross

  • Independent Bottler: Compass Box
  • ABV 43 %
  • Bottle size: 70 cl
  • Price: £ 38
  • Nose 20/25 - vanilla ice ream, honey and lemon. Quite light weight with a hint of green apple. Very distant mild gingerbread, you'd be excused for thinking this was a grain rather than a malt.
  • Taste 21 /25 - as light as the nose but spicer, still sweet but a sort of roibos tea tannin in the background as well as some fruity dried fig.
  • Finish 20 /25 - remains sweet, loads of oak, here at last you get the malt pushing through. Relatively short.
  • Balance 23 /25 - this is where John Glaser's expert blending shines, he has a deft touch.
  • Total 84 /100