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Douglas Laing Big Peat Christmas Edition 2020

53.1% ABV - Islay, Scotland

Nose: Dabbling into the rubbery-side of peat, lightly fruited, and yes—heavy smoke, but not overpowering… and this is bottled at cask strength.

Taste: Burning tires. Peppercorns. And there is something maritime about this—salty, sardines, beach bonfire…?

Finish: There is slightly woody peat smoke wafting about… bits of menthol. Medium length.

I really like to get the annual limited Big Peat Christmas Editions! It’s an annual tradition that I’m sure I share with a lot of peatheads, and I have bought each year since 2017—and there is also a 2013 Edition sitting next to this one on the shelf.

This Big Peat Christmas Edition 2020 was tasted side-by-side the Fèis ìle 2020 and Fèis ìle 2021.

Tasted 27 October 2021. (Posted 07 June 2022.)

84/100
Detailed Rating Information...

90+: Fantastic whisky; highly recommended. My favourite whiskies. I might have more than one bottle if the price is right and the supply is limited! The higher values in this range will reflect a stronger balance and consistency between components.
85-89: Great whisky; recommended. Whiskies that really tick the flavour boxes and you'll likely hear about these from me. Good purchase decision—I would consider buying again.
80-84: Very good whisky; recommended, but still consider trying before you buy. Anything is this range or above I would order at a restaurant or make a calculated purchase decision.
75-79: Good whisky; consider trying before you buy. These are whiskies that I enjoyed drinking, but likely would reach for another bottle from the shelf or select something different to order.
65-74: Average; consider trying before you buy, but not recommended. There is nothing that stood out about this whisky and I might be inclined to add ice, mix it with soda, or use it in a cocktail, instead of trying to enjoy its own flavours.
50-64: Bad; not recommended.


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