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.

Review - Big Peat Christmas 2014 Edition

This review has been a long time coming. Why? Because I've been savouring every last drop and because I've simply been drinking it for enjoyment rather than for review purposes. Alas the bottle is now dead.... Roll on Christmas 2015!  It's a tradition because it's good!

Douglas Laing's ubiquitous blended malt always gets super charged for the festive season, it's full of Islay whiskies from the likes of Caol Ila, Bowmore, Ardbeg and even the now closed Port Ellen distillery. A superb balance of smoke and sweetness.

  • ABV 55.7% vol
  • 70cl
  • Price £45
  • Nose 23/25 - smoke, BBQ pork, smoked haddock, toasted brown bread.
  • Taste 23/25 - salted pistachio nuts, lime sherbet sweets, chalk.
  • Finish 22/25 - smoke ( obviously!!) and dirty potatoes (in a nice way!)
  • Balance 22/25 - benefits from the increased ABV, easy drinking despite the ABV.
  • Total 90/100

A D Rattray Tasting @ The Ubiquitous Chip Whisky Club

Sometimes you stumble across the nicest things in life, if my sister hadn't chanced upon an advert for the first The Ubiquitous Chip Whisky Club I wouldn't have known it was happening despite living no more than a few hundred yards from them.  That would have been a great shame as their new bi-monthly whisky tasting shows much promise and could well turn into a new West End institution, "The Chip" of course is known throughout the city as one of the places to dine and I've had many enjoyable nights in the restaurant and bars but before this I'd never attended an "event".  

So for their first Whisky Club they invited A D Rattray to their "Wee Bar" to showcase four of their drams and "nibbles" which transpired to basically be canapés, although there was nothing basic about them as each had been chosen to match the whisky they were paired with. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, which enabled me to taste four drams that had never previously passed my lips. The standouts for me were the Stonachie 18 Year Old and to my surprise the Cask Islay, peaty Islay style whiskies have never really been my dram of choice but this is the second within 6 months to have challenged my tastes (the other being the Big Peat 2013 Christmas edition) and perhaps I'll be explore this area more in the months ahead.  The food pairing were excellent and is something that allows "The Chip" to stand out from other tastings in Glasgow and I hope they continue this approach. The only criticism of the evening would by that they were too successful, the Wee Bar was a bit too crowded however they acknowledged that they'd been caught out by the number of last minute bookings and they'll address this for the future.  Overall a really good night.

Bank Note (5 year old)
ABV 43 vol
Price £26
Nose 20/25
Taste 21/25
Finish 20/25
Balance 21/25
Total 82/100

Stronachie (12 year old)
ABV 43 vol
Price £32
Nose 21/25
Taste 21/25
Finish 21/25
Balance 22/25
Total 85/100

Stronachie (18 year old)
ABV 46 vol
Price £44
Nose 22/25
Taste 21/25
Finish 21/25
Balance 23/25
Total 87/100

Cask Islay
ABV 46 vol
Price £36
Nose 23/25
Taste 22/25
Finish 22/25
Balance 20/25
Total 87/100