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Big Peat 27 yo (1992/2019, Douglas Laing, 48,3%)

Last year Big Peat, the successful blended peat malt from Douglas Laing 3000 bottles, put a 27-year-old limited edition on the market – the third piece in the “Big Peat Vintage Trilogy” series, already consisting of a 25 and a 26 year old. Islay malts of this age are a rare commodity these days, also for this reason we have high expectations…

N: very elegant and deep, the age softens a very, very aggressive peat, which from the first impact appears very deep (burnt plastic) and rather marine – reminiscent of the scent of algae reared on the beach. Fudge, caramel, marron glacée; some hints of roasted chestnuts and chestnuts. A note of chinotto, to testify a rather ‘dark’ citrus. And if there was a hint of tobacco, let’s say cigar humidor? Would we be wrong? No. What about licorice? There it is too.

P: very good. The first note that comes to our mind is caffelatte, as a full suggestion, in the sense that there is something of roasted Arabica combined with a milky fatness that reminds us of hot milk. Very peaty, of a peat not so much burnt as on the nose but much more chemical, on plastic, and definitely less marine than the nose. Still a lot of licorice. And then there is a fruit pastry, or perhaps an almond and cinnamon cake… There is some non-trivial pastry, however.

F: clean, all things considered, and relatively long, still played on licorice, burnt plastic and a certain, discreet vanilla and citrus sweetness.

88/100. Well, bravi bravi!, encore. An excellent blended malt, able to tease even the taste buds of the most experienced drinker, with the elegance of age combined with the refined fullness of peat. Thanks to Dramfool, independent bottler who organized some online tastings during the quarantine, for the sample – this was from one of two tastings made to celebrate 2020 Feis Ile.

Recommended soundtrack: Jay Z – The Story of O.J.

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