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My first review will be Douglas Laing's Big Peat, a Vatted (blended) malt assembled from such distilleries as Bowmore, Ardbeg, Caol Ila and most importantly Port muthafuckin' Ellen. That's right, you better get on this soon because the magnificent Port Ellen distillery has been closed since 1983 and stocks can only go down.
Don't be put off with the label, it's very unconventional. Personally, I think it's totally badass. That bearded dude's hairdo is totally being blown away by this whisky.
Nose: Heavenly! Despite the 46% ABV, it's very soft on the nose. Big peat (duh) along with a bit of vanilla and maybe some sugary/fruity notes?
Mouth: So soft and smooth, feels like blending velvet panties into a bottle. Defninitely lots of peat and smoke here. There is also a fresh grassy taste that transforms into an inoffensive rubbery touch. Also, some spices that remind me a bit of the Talisker 10.
Finish: There is a salty taste here that accompanies the smoke and peat. The grassy taste lingers a bit and slowly fades.
Conclusion: This is one hell of a whisky. I've tasted over 40 different bottles in my short Scotch experience and this one is definitely in my top 5. A total must for Islay fans.
IT'S GREAT, GET IT BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!