Big Peat Christmas Edition 2018: Christmas is near!
This year’s limited and cask strength edition of the popular blended malt presented
When the first Christmas cookies appear in supermarkets whisky fans know it won’t take long until Douglas Laing sends their Christmas mail. And today it arrived and allowed a first glimpse on the Big Peat Christmas Edition 2018. The famous fisherman is amblazoned on the label again – of course! – and he is playing a Christmassy role this year: Wearing a Santa Clause red dress and a Santa Claus white beard he forces his way down a chimney to deliver (liquid) presents. To be exact: He tries to, but due to his corpulence this seems to be hard work as his grimacing face reveals…
Very smoky and very strong
If you don’t want to wait for Santa (or if you are not sure if he can pass your chimney…) you can get your hand on a bottle of Big Peat Christmas Edition 2018 soon: It’s on sale from now on. The blended malt is batched from different Islay distilleries as usual, the label lists Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and Port Ellen as some of them. As we are used to the limited Christmas edition brings the full alcoholic strength into the glasses: 53.9% ABV is this year’s level.
Same procedure as every year: Release of a Big Peat Christmas Edition
Since 2009 independent bottler Douglas Laing offers the blended malt Big Peat in their program. All over the worlds friends of heavily peated whisky are enthusiastic about it, whether it’s the standard Big Peat with 46% ABV or the cask strength Christmas Edition. And it’s not at last the imaginative design of the Christmas Edition that makes it that successful. There’s one thing all bottlings have in common: All are un-chill filtered and uncolored, just as it is common to all of Douglas Laing’s whiskies.
The family-led company from Glasgow celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and on this occasion releases several special editions. There is for example a 10-year-old Scallywag, blended from Speyside whiskies only matured in ex-Oloroso and PX barrels. This is a nice counterpart and alternative for those who are not lucky with smoky whisky like Big Peat.