Douglas Laing’s Big Peat: Tasting Note


As mentioned during our tasting of Scallywag, we’re honored to have Douglas Laing offerings being poured for the first time at this year’s Whisky Jewbilee NYC. Douglas Laing is a very highly regarded Scottish independent bottler established in 1948. Known for their excellent cask selection they also have vatted malts among their offerings. Today we’re tasting Big Peat, a vatted Islay malt.

Big Peat is a multi-award winning vatting of Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore, and Port Ellen whiskies. Bottled at 46% alc. and non-chill filtered this Non Age Statement offering can be found for between $55 and $65.

Color – Chardonnay

On the nose – A lovely coastal peat blast with sea salt, lemon citrus, and wet pebbles

Flavors in the mouth – Oily and mouthcoating with rubber soles, coal dust, beach camp fire smoke and abundant sea salt

Finish – Long and textured with remaing sea salt and lingering lemon citrus

Overall – A fresh, young Islay vatted malt that doesn’t disappoint. Fans of Ardbeg will love the citrus while fans of Caol Ila will love the coal dust. Fans of Islay drams will love Big Peat.

Be sure to look for Douglas Laing’s Big Peat on the main floor at Studio450.