Scotch - Single Malt

Big Peat Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2014

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The scotch is produced from a blending of malts sourced from some of the biggest-name scotch distillers. Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore, and Port Ellen are all represented. Rather than a "single malt" (a single distillery's product) it is a "blended malt," in this case all from Islay producers. We would not consider it a "blended scotch" because the malt whisky isn't blended down with softening grain whiskey so we have classified it as a single malt to put it in its more likely peer group. According to its producers, this pedigree produces a spirit that has a palate of: "Ashes, sweet tar, beaches and smoking chimneys." Obviously a scotch for the lovers of the "peat reek!" It is produced by Douglas Laing & Company, noted scotch blender.

The 2014 Wine Enthusiast review (Kara Newman) declared it was like "breathing salt air at the seashore" and warned/lauded the "huge rush of peat smoke."

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 2 ratings and 2 reviews.
Slàinte Mhath Slàinte Mhath (39) (2016-09-22)
This Blended Malt is a combination of four Islay whiskies, although I doubt that it contains more than a few drops of Port Ellen. Hence, the presentation of Big Peat is rather misleading. Being non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV, the malt comes without an age statement. Typical Islay peat smoke, coal tar and TCP dominate the nose, followed by underlying Caol Ila sweetness. It tastes young and one-dimensional, as the cask influence is lacking almost entirely. The finish is peaty sweet, slightly dry and long. A decent whisky but way too expensive for what it offers. RATING: 3.3/5.0 ≙ 84 pts
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jeanphilt jeanphilt (32) (2015-07-31)
It's my first bottle of real "peat scotch" and the taste is too overwhelming, I will try mixing it with something else. I guess peat lovers will like it. For the price I would not recommend it.
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Review Comments
Slàinte Mhath (2016-07-05):
Peat is an acquired taste, so I do understand that some people don't like it. However, your 1-star rating doesn't say anything about the quality of this Blended Malt. Besides, you are right that Big Peat is massively overpriced. You can buy an excellent bottle of Lagavulin 16, Caol Ila 12 or Ardbeg 10 for less money - and all three Single Malts are without doubt better than Big Peat!


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