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Big Peat Limited Edition Christmas 2016 Tasting notes and reviews

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Big Peat Limited Edition Christmas 2016

Brand
Big Peat
Expression
Limited Edition Christmas 2016
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Blended Malt
Abv
54.60%
Produced at
Douglas Laing & Co
Region
Islay
Website
www.douglaslaing.com
Availability
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Chris Goodrum

81
Nose
Young, phenolic and heavily peated with dusty and sweet peat. Hints of seaweed, iodine, manure and sugar coated barley follow. Water emphasises the oils.
Palate
Peat! Dusty, sooty and smoky. Hints of iodine and salt on the middle. Water brings out some waxy fruit.
Finish
Long, dusty and sooty again, with an alcohol intensified saltiness. Water doesn't really open it up.
Comment
It appears to be a blend of peated malts. Could benefit from a little light and shade.

Joel Harrison

88
Nose
Young and spirity, masked somewhat by smoke, but let it settle and it works for you, giving rich smoked cream, chamois leather and mint.
Palate
Here the spirit shows a little more with some bitter oak, smoke, citric acid and grapefruit pith all wrapped up in classic Islay smoke.
Finish
Reminds me of my first trip to Islay, cask strength goodness!
Comment
If you don't like smoke, stay away. Like flying to Islay, you strap yourself in and hope for the best. A clear crisp view of the island from the aeroplane.
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