Independent bottler Douglas Laing & Co. is marking the 10-year anniversary of its Big Peat blended Islay malt expression with a commemorative bottling.
Big Peat 10 Year Old celebrates the whisky’s launch in 2009 as the first expression in Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts collection, which reflects the flavour characteristics of Scotland’s whisky regions.
Bottled at 46% abv without chill filtration or colouring, the expression features a blend of Islay single malt whiskies.
Big Peat 10 Year Old is described as having ‘peat smoke and damp earth’ on the nose, with flavours of ‘BBQ ash’ on the palate and a finish that is ‘long with streaky bacon, tobacco and toasted marshmallows’.
Douglas Laing chairman Fred Laing stated: ‘Back in 2009, I dreamt up a feisty Ileach fisherman who would later become Big Peat, and subsequently be joined by Scallywag, Timorous Beastie, Rock Oyster, The Epicurean and The Gauldrons to deliver what we so modestly designate our “Remarkable Regional Malts”.
‘I’m delighted to see Big Peat continue to grow and develop such a loyal band of followers around the world – this special bottling is a fitting tribute to him.’
Each bottle label features illustrations, emblems and stamps honouring ‘Big Peat’s Islay home’ and is accompanied by a foiled storybook detailing the ‘legend of Big Peat and his whisky adventures’.
Big Peat 10 Year Old will be priced at around £65 and a approximately 11,000 bottles will be available from specialist retailers in the UK, Europe and Asia.