Independent Bottler: Douglas Laing
Year of Distillation: 1992
Age: 25yr old
Bottle size: 70cl
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.
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.