Thursday 19th November 2009, the day after we tasted the Douglas Laing’s bottling of the 11 Year old Macallan, so Jim and Dougie were still in the mood for another special tasting and this taster size bottle of Big Peat was supplied by our ‘new best friends’ up at Douglas Laing & Company (www.douglaslaingwhisky.com) was right up our street.
Now Big Peat is Douglas Laing’s new small batch “vatted malt” from Islay, and we think it is a direct replacement for Clan Denny Vatted Malt Scotch Whisky from Islay.(which Jim and Dougie have both got a bottle or two of Clan Denny, still awaiting a tasting).
But what exactly, you may ask, is a Vatted Malt? It is what the Scotch Whisky industry has traditionally called “a marriage of Malts”. Such vattings often form the heart and soul of a blended scotch whisky (which carries the lighter tasting grain whisky , to soften matters).
“Islay Malts” we hear you saying, well as you all know Island and Coastal Whiskies, especially Islay’s are all Jim and Dougie’ favourites. So as you would expect this tasting was not going to be a burdon.
Well lets get on with the tasting.
Big Peat a Small Batch Vatted Malt Scotch Whisky 46% Alc/vol Non-chill Filtered. Bottled by Douglas Laing & Co, from Glasgow.
Nose…Caramel and vanilla, but with water treacle toffee comes out.
Taste…Peat with more peat heaped on top, cinder toffee covered in dark, dark chocolate.
Finish…Long, dry and earthy.
Nose…Not as strong a peaty/smoke as expected, but sweet burnt caramel and dark chocolate, but with a little water some of the aromas dissipate.
Taste…Peat is there, smoke does not stay long. Burnt toast from an outside fire, the Islay’s are all there.
Finish…Long and peaty smoothing out a little, showing a little dryness.
As you can see it was only Jim and Dougie that did this tasting, we are still trying to get the third Whisky Boy, Nicola to try and taste more and appreciate some of the ‘heavy’ Malts.
What can we say about anything that comes from Islay, great, fabulous, exciting, wonderful etc. etc. etc.
Jim and Dougie are still not sure about the label, maybe it is time for Whisky bottle images to be more adventurous as this label is. For the traditionalists out there do not let the label put you off, what is inside is such a grand dram, The Whisky Boys will ensure that at least one bottle is in our collection.
Well done Islay and all at Douglas Laing & Co.