Big Peat Christmas Edition and Scallywag Winter 2022 introduced

Douglas Laing & Co. ring the Christmas bell


How do you know it's only three months until Christmas? The signs are clear: Gingerbread and Christmas sweets abound on supermarket shelves and whisky producers present their Christmas editions.

Regional malts in two cask strength Christmas versions

As part of the Remarkable Regional Malts, limited Christmas editions of the Big Peat and the Scallywag were released again this year. Both are blended malts of the family business Douglas Laing & Co., created from single malts from specific Scottish whisky regions.

Rebecca Fennell, Brand Manager, said: “We’re delighted to unveil this year’s festive releases for two of our biggest brands, Big Peat and Scallywag. As a company, we are incredibly proud to see these editions become highly anticipated within the Whisky world and they have become something we look forward to every year. Both offered at a Natural Cask Strength and bursting with flavour, these drams are the ultimate warmers for the inevitable dark and crisp winter nights ahead.”

Sherry cask whiskys from Speyside, heavily peated malts from Islay

Scallywag is the Speyside representative. Only sherry casks were selected for this Scallywag Winter Edition, which is limited to 5,400 bottles, because of their “rich and full-bodied flavours that complement the season”, resulting in a whisky described as “spectacularly spicy with hints of cinnamon and ginger, alongside sweet, indulgent dark chocolate” in the producer’s press release. The bottles are styled with small wool scarves to match the season.

Big Peat is the powerful smoky homage to the Island of Islay. Heavily peated single malts from the island are blended for this malt. Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and Port Ellen are mentioned as usual on the whisky label and of course the Big Peat man can be found there again with his familiar pinched face in a Christmas atmosphere. The Big Peat Christmas Malt is “bursting with burnt caramel, wafts of Hebridean sea air and rich earthy notes, balanced by a toasted marshmallow sweetness”.

The number of bottles available is not specified in the press release. Both editions were bottled without chill filtration, in natural colour and at cask strength. The Big Peat Christmas Edition 2022 offers 54.2% ABV, the Scallywag Winter 2022 54.0% ABV. They will be available from the end of September.