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I tasted this blind and only afterwards found out which whisky I had tried. But it was clearly peaty, so I figured (correctly) that it was from Islay. It had a light body with fat tears.
The nose was peaty, but not overly so. It contained a little bit of smoked ham, flanked by a soft touch of iodine. But all so soft that it leaves you wanting for more. The nose remains – despite patience – closed. After the bottle was revealed, I couldn’t resist some feeling of disappointment. The nose does not reflect the label of ‘Big Peat’.
It does have a nice round mouthfeel, in which the peat and smokiness return more pronounced. Yes, this is the good stuff. A little bit of rubber, asphalt and something salty/sour that I cannot pinpoint. Kippers, maybe? Something medicinal as well.
The finish is rather long, warm and spicy. I like it.
When the bottle was revealed as Big Peat, I read on the label that it’s a Blended (previously 'Vatted') Islay Malt, bottled at 46% ABV and non-chill filtered. It contains spirit of Ardbeg, Coal Ila, Bowmore and even Port Ellen! It’s well worth the approx. 40 EUR that you have to fork over for it. The nose is the weakness of this otherwise powerful dram.