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Big Peat

(70cl, 46%)

Big Peat

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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.

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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Big Peat Reviews

Islay Islay Islay

I think this is getting too good. My Islay dram of choice. Highly recommended.

29th October 2020


Kabooom, what a beautiful drink, smoke bomb and sweet, an absolute joy

17th October 2020

Sublime if you love smoke

Just ridiculously good!

8th October 2020

So good

They say it’s Islay and a bottle and it really is. Lots of peat as the name suggests but with a charred style, barley and brown sugar. Really good. I’m very pleased to have discovered this one.

8th September 2020

Well done.

Every day Islay. Wonderful stuff. Whisky is for drinking. Drink Big Peat #islay

2nd September 2020

This one I keep for myself.

Absolutely love it.

17th June 2020


Wow, the name certainly lived up to expectations - what a brilliant, peaty Islay malt. This is so fantastically complex and nuanced and a cut above some of the other more recent offerings to come from the island (looking at you, Smokehead..). What a super dram!

5th June 2020

Islays number 1 :-)

SUUUUUperb - like drinking Islay and nothing but Islay... oh my,... I need a bigger cabinet. Thank you.

4th June 2020

Complex and balanced

One of the most well balanced Islay whiskies around! It also shows the level of complexity you can get from a Blended Malt that you can’t quite get with most Single Malts.

22nd May 2020

Superb Starter

Don't let words like heavy smoke and slabs of peat put you off, this is a genuinely great Islay whisky. I found this peaty without being overpowering and for me it was a great one to start with for my journey in peaty whiskies.

21st May 2020

Best in class

I am a hug fan of quality blended malts and this one is about is good as they come. As the name suggests, there's a 'big' amount of 'peat' but it's still remarkably well-balanced and captures the essence of Islay perfectly. All the limited edition releases I've tried have been superb as well!

14th May 2020

You must try this whisky!

I absolutely love Big Peat. A must try for fans of peaty whiskies.

14th May 2020

Simply magnificent!

A wonderful blend of single malts from Islay, I love the smokiness and how it takes your breath away with the most magnificent bonfire smell on the nose - can't recommend highly enough to any peat loving and all round Islay distillery fans!

12th May 2020


sweetly smoked pulled pork in one wonderful bottle.

20th April 2020


Does what it say on the tin!! Big and loadsa peat. This is an intense Islay Malt with loadsa different smoky flavour emerging. A nice sugary sweetness in there too. Really impressed

8th April 2020


A GREAT example of why Blended Malts are just as good - if not better - that Single Malt. Very rich and lots of depth - complex with earth, spice, smoke and lots of Islay character

1st April 2020

Nice labelling, what’s inside pales!

Really REALLY wanted to like this’s just awful! Far too nutty on the palate, with the contrived, deliberate smoke peat, it’s more like Jack Daniels being drunk from a cigar ashtray! Medicinal and mellow, lacking in any fullness. A real gimmicky whisky that does Islay a huge injustice in my opinion.

29th November 2019

Interesting blend but a single Islay malt is better!

An interesting blend for those who like smoke monsters with plenty of dark chocolate and peat but finishing with a slightly bitter but long smokey finish. I prefer Lagavulin as it seems kinder to my palate.

8th November 2019


Cracking dram. First time I’ve tried Big Peat and it did not disappoint. Loved it!

29th September 2019

despite the label...

don't be fooled by the questionable and oddly stylized label. I would not bring it to the in-laws for the look of it.. But let's go with a blind test. branding aside, this is a smokey, peaty, 3 dimensional, beautifully well designed drink, with a nice flavour arc and surprisingly rich subtleties. do try if you're into the Islay bent, you'll likely be pleasantly surprised. just hide the bottle.

27th September 2019

Greatness in a bottle

Greatness in a bottle! I love this Islay whisky. It’s everything I look for in an Islay whisky - rich, smoky, earthy, peated... the finish just goes on and on and on and on

18th June 2019


Excellent! Full of Islay charm and character - superbly peated and smoked with an underlying sweetness. Delicious and excellent!

18th June 2019

No bueno

Pretty bad. I am a big fan of islay whiskey but this kind of taste like a dirty kilt. I wouldn’t recommend this one

7th April 2019

Does not live up to the hype.

Peaty to the nose but fails miserably elsewhere. I'd stick to my Lagavulin 16. Give this a skip.

27th March 2019


Vastly over-rated, over-priced and under-whelming. For a similar outlay, buy a bottle of Laphroag or Lagavulin.

2nd January 2019

Does what it says but not much else

Yes it’s Peaty, and chocolatey and fine but there are lots more interesting stuff out there I think.

10th December 2018


Yikes. Amazing.

30th October 2018

A nice peaty blend is refreshing ...

Love the peat. But in totality, lacks flavor to back the smoke.

27th October 2018

Satisfyingly peaty!

As the name implies, plenty of peat! Love it!

28th September 2018


Perfect Islay whisky. Always have one in my cabinet

6th September 2018

Love it

Perfect representation of Islay in a bottle

3rd July 2018

True to Islay, Smokey Hot Peat

So smokey there should be a piece of pork in it.

11th December 2017

Buy it

Brilliantly full flavoured. Sweet bonfire taste.

9th December 2017

Simply the best

Simply the best! Honestly one of the very best Scotch Whiskies I have had the pleasure of tasting.

24th September 2017

Big and peated and great

Goodness gracious, a gorgeously great Scotch. All that you could wish for in an Islay Whiky - it is indeed Big and Peat(y). I personally loved it and will be buying again.

16th September 2017

"Good blended shot" Fu84,Italy

Heavy but quite gentle...Also a blend can be delicious if well balanced.
Bowmore soul,caol ila of the best blend in my personal collection,and opinion.

8th November 2016


Smooth and party,a must for islay lovers.

27th June 2016

Not bad.

Peaty whiskies aren't normally my cup of tea but I have to admit this one packs a lot of punch.

The nose is of smoke and earth but surprisingly smooth on the palate.

I personally would have this again as I found it an enjoyable whisky and I would recommend.

20th February 2016

Over hyped.

Not that good. Don't really understand why this gets such rave reviews. Not much peat, just lemon and some wood and a lot of dryness. Not a fan.....

26th December 2015

I love!

Fabulous! I, and everyone else loved it!

28th November 2015

The taste of Islay

What a wonderful delivery of Islay special liquid.... Fun design and great liquid. Thanks

8th September 2015

Ignore blends at your peril

Big Peat proves that blends can hold their own in value and quality and they really offer something different. Considering its provenance this is a wonderfully balanced dram, the finish is a bit short but i suspect the dry oiliness has a lot to do with that, the nose and the wonderful palate more than make up for it. Excellent stuff and a must try for any smoke heads.

21st June 2015

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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