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The official Dram Association review of

Big Peat - Feis Ile Edition 2018

"Smoked Salt Of The Earth"

The official Dram Association review of

Big Peat - Feis Ile Edition 2018

"Smoked Salt Of The Earth"

Dram Code: S34a
Producer: Douglas Laing
Bottler: Official Bottling
Region: Islay

Whisky Type: Blended Malt
Cask Type: Unknown
Age: Not Stated
ABV: 48%

Release: Limited Edition
Price: $136.43 (at time of review)

Dram Code: S34a
Producer: Douglas Laing
Bottler: Official Bottling
Region: Islay
Whisky Type: Blended Malt
Cask Type: Unknown
Age: Not Stated
ABV: 48%
Release: Limited Edition
Price: $136.43 (at time of review)

92.33/100

Flavour Profile:
Smoky & Earthy

Visual: 4.67 /5
Aroma: 23.33 /25

Taste: 36.00 /40
Finish: 28.33 /30

92.33/100

Flavour Profile: Smoky & Earthy

Visual: 4.67 /5 Aroma: 23.33 /25
Taste: 36.00 /40 Finish: 28.33 /30

About This Dram

And so we’ve come to the end of our “Summer of Blends”. What a journey it’s been. We’ve had numerous spectacular whiskies from around the world across tastings, masterclasses. and in-store drams. Two of which scored over 95 points – Old Perth 23 winner of Blend Vs Blend, and Big Peat 26 the showpiece of Indy Showcase 3! Dram E59 was one more Old Perth for the road – so it’s only fitting that we also celebrate Big Peat’s big win with a special curtain call from him too. But wait – he has a twin! You can try both side-by-side for only $8.

The Big Peat Feis Ile editions are a limited-run special edition variant of the classic Big Peat recipe. Each year sees another edition released during Feis Ile – the Islay Festival of Music and Malt. Here at The Strath, we’re always excited to get our allotment. Unfortunately, last year’s case went missing in some deep dark corner of the LDB warehouse. We thought it was long gone – but alas it arrived a couple of weeks ago! Also arriving a couple of weeks ago was the 2019 edition – so this is the perfect time to try them both! Below are our notes on the 2018 edition.

 

Tasting Notes

Enticing hints of sweet creamy fudge that morphed into candied lemon rinds and fresh gooseberries.

Strangely enough, we found green tomatoes. Not a note I think any of us have found before in a whisky! The peat came through a little ashy with some bacon grease notes. Then the fruit hits us with red apple rind and sour kiwis. Big Peat’s feeling fruity this year!

by | Aug 31, 2019

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Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members -

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the "agreeable group" statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don't like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

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fresh & floral
eg - blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg - peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg - breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg - raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg - wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

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