Big Peat
Islay Blended Malt

70cl / 46%
  • Douglas Laing
Big Peat / Islay Blended Malt
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Douglas Laing's Big Peat is a Blended (as we have to call them now) Islay malt containing spirit from Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and, shockingly, Port Ellen. Not as full-on as the name might suggest, but with pedigree like that at this price Big Peat is a nailed-on winner. Picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.
Whisky Bible 2011: Scotch Vatted Malt of the Year; 96 Points
Bottler
Douglas Laing
Country
Scotland
Region
Islay

Big Peat Reviews

34 Customer Reviews

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  • 3
    22 December 2018

    Here in Norway is a bit too expensive compared to what you get. It's a good whisky with a good smoke taste, peat and salt.

  • 5
    1 December 2018

    Quality dram. Just smoky enough, but not so much that you're reaching tor the water, which is sacrilegious in my opinion. Well worth the price tag. You won't be disappointed.

  • 4
    25 May 2018

    Smokey, light, slightly sweet. A delicious drop at a very reasonable price.

  • 5
    7 April 2018

    Vers good!!!

  • 4
    4 February 2018

    Very good, mellow, oily, smoked to my liking with a light yellowish color.

  • 5
    23 June 2017

    Simply the best

  • 4
    8 June 2017

    very nice for this price

  • 5
    2 October 2015

    Delicious! This may be a nas blended malt, but that doesn''t stop it being a massive smoke bomb. Really good stuff, slight citrus nose with a bonfire on the tongue. Non-chill filtered and I''m convinced this is natural colour (doesn''t say it on the bottle, but almost certain of this!). Easy to skip over blended malts, but it''s a mistake to ignore this one if you love a peated malt.

  • 5
    20 May 2015

    Wow!! Fantastic stuff! Loving it!

  • 5
    23 December 2014

    Awesome, a wonderful whiskey that takes no prisoners, a true delight

  • 4
    10 September 2014

    I'll be honest and say that I'm not experienced enough to make out the Ardbeg notes and the Port Ellen creeping in and shoving the Caol Ila aside to say hello, but this is lovely. It's so oily, half of it clings to the glass! It reminds me of Kilchoman machir bay, with a savoury biscuit kind of thing. I get Tarmac and and burnt rubber tyres but that's ok, it's not a negative! It's a quality and enjoyable blended malt that has the best label ever.

  • 4
    23 June 2014

    Excellent whisky for the money. A real classic amongst vatted malts IMO.

  • The Colonel 6 May 2013

    I love Ardbeg, Caol Ila and Bowmore. I haven't tried Port Ellen yet due to the high price tags but trust it is also an Islay great. Blend them together at 46% and bottle it without chill-filtering and the result, as expected, is fantastic. This is a really approachable and enjoyable drink at a very reasonable cost. I will look out for a bottle of the cask strength limited edition.

  • Martin Smith, Ayrshire. 16 April 2013

    I have sadly just finished my bottle of Big Peat - what a dram!! Such a big peaty, smoky smack in the face! It smells great, has a lovely, natural peely-wally hue, is rather chewy, and has a nice long, satisfying finish. Don't be put off by the vatted, no-age element to this bottled campfire. When asked to recommend a whisky, this tops my Islays.

  • Davy runciman 17 February 2013

    46% that will do me thought bush mills was peaty

  • Eric from France 22 December 2012

    I simply love it, though i thing Ardbeg Uigeadail is much more rich.

  • bob 18 June 2012

    Wow simply amazing..love it

  • CK 23 May 2012

    Wow - simply amazing... it's like Ardbeg, filtered through peat and then mixed with Port Ellen, Bowmore and Caol Ila... and filtered through peat... to quote Jim Murray from another whisky review...mmmm, the peat...aaarghhh, mmmm, oooh!

  • smokinjoe 20 November 2011

    This whisky really grew on me, I was glad to let that happen. When I first tried it it tasted skunky to me ...but in a good way. I persevered and was rewarded with a very complex and tasty whisky which is unlike any other I've tasted. I'm a jaded peathead and it is now in my repertoire when I want that Islay fix.

  • Mikko 7 November 2011

    Although I like most of Islay malts, this was a bit disappointment. Very young indeed, rough and sweet-sour. And that omnipresent sweetness, like a exceptionally bad Bowmore... still better than Smokehead.

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