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Big Peat

(70cl, 46.0%)
Big Peat

Awards for Big Peat


Liquid Gold Award - 2014

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible

Silver Outstanding
Silver Outstanding

Scotch Whisky - Blended Malt - 2014

International Wine & Spirit Competition

Big Peat Details

(Douglas Laing)

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(14 Reviews)

Big Peat Bottling Note

A big bodied blended malt from Islay. It comprises malt whisky from Coal Ila, Bowmore, Ardbeg and Port Ellen. Big Peat is a great whisky with lots of peaty character.
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Warm slabs of tangy peat. Hints of chocolate, coffee and cedar with spices, walnuts and almond. A touch of cinnamon with oily smoke.

Palate: Simple, easy going, but delicious. Notes of heavy smoke, cut grass, peanut, spices and peat.

Finish: Quite abrupt with cut grass, coastal notes and smoke.

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    User Reviews of the Big Peat

    Not entirely what I was expecting...

    I approached this whisky expecting a big Islay "peat hit", perhaps something similar to a Laphroaig or Ardbeg 10-year old. What I actually got was something a bit different. There's a surprisingly strong marzipan sweetness on the nose and palate (the Bowmore?), followed mainly by a Caol Ila-like oiliness. Not a lot to the finish unfortunately.

    Neither a bad whisky nor a great whisky. However, I will add that the X-mas cask strength version is a significant improvement over the 46%.

    18th March 2015

    the mymic

    It delivers. If anyone were to ask me what an islay whisky should be i'd stick a glass of this under their nose. Clearly young but nothing impure or newmakey about it. If your a peat head this is worth your time and money.

    2nd March 2015

    Dont knock it till you try it

    Very rough neat. Added an ice cube(or water) and changed 100 %
    Very good

    15th February 2015


    Does not deliver.

    30th December 2014

    Not a favorite

    I really wanted to like this -- am a huge fan of Islay malts, particularly Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila and Bruichladdich, and had hopes this would be the first Islay blend I could enthusiastically recommend. And...not so much. Sure, it's got some phenols, but it tastes rather like a mashup of short-aged tails from each of the distilleries that contributed -- sadly, a case where the whole is less than the sum of the parts. Spend a little more, and just get a standard expression from any Islay distillery, and you'll be happier.

    29th November 2014

    what did they do to it?

    im a big fan of islay malts so i figured it would like this, but boy was i wrong. maybe i just need to give it another taste but it wasnt enjoyable at all. its like they isolated the peat flavor and got rid of any other taste to the whisky, oddly giving it an almost tequila-like taste.

    9th September 2014

    Islay in a Glass

    the ultimate taste of Islay - peated, sweet, fresh, maritime, citrus....

    23rd August 2014

    Big Peat Islay Malt

    really excellent Islay Malt here. as name suggests it is big and peated but with a real sweet, burnt sugar earthy, saltiness too. I've fallen head over heels in love with Big Peat!

    22nd June 2014

    Bang for your Buck

    You can't go wrong with this one !

    16th December 2013

    Great stuff

    Totally agree, very smooth, very dangerous indeed.

    One of my favourites.

    8th November 2012

    Very smooth, very dangerous

    One of the best I've had. Will be ordering some more!

    9th October 2012


    not much to say.. it reminds me when i was young.. i feel nature when tasting big peat...

    18th September 2011

    Young and peaty

    I like Islays, but this one was just a little too much for me. I didn't find it restrained and civilised peat - it was industrial and overwhelming peat on a citrussy background. Not subtle enough, and personally for the same price as this I'd go for an Ardbeg 10y every time.

    19th April 2011


    Opens up with a briny, youthful, slightly soapy Caol Ila freshness with hints of bog myrtle underpinned by the Ardbeg fruit. There’s plenty of slightly retrained and civilised peat smoke, which becomes more medicinal given time.

    The palate is quite youthful with hints of new make cereal. Sooty and oily combination of Ardbeg and Bowmore with the Coal Ila freshness following on the middle along with some lovely rubbery notes. Generous and mouth filling, so oily now it coats the mouth. Good depth, not overly coastal, again one suspects that these casks have been on the mainland for some time. In saying that it the saltiness kind of lurks at the edges, and it has a good peat intensity, so I think the name is justified.

    8th July 2010

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