Independent whisky bottler Douglas Laing is gearing up for the festive season with the release of a cask strength Christmas expression under its Big Peat brand.This year marks 10 years of Big Peat, which has grown at an average rate of 29% year-on-year since 2009, according to Douglas Laing. Big Peat Christmas 2019 is a blend of Islay single malt whiskies that have been bottled without chill filtration. It is available to purchase from Scotch whisky retailers globally, including Europe, the US and select Asian markets, priced at RRP €55 (US$60) per bottle. Fred Laing, chairman of Douglas Laing, said: “‘Roll out the barrel – let’s have a barrel of fun’ was seldom a more appropriate refrain than for this year’s Christmas bottling. “Every year we create a slightly different seasonal recipe but always use the same Islay single malts, which include amongst others Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and even some soft, chewed-leathery Port Ellen; but we do so in different proportions, releasing it as cask strength – this year, a punchy 53.7% alcohol strength.” Earlier this year, Douglas Laing released a limited edition Big Peat blended malt to raise money for the RAF Benevolent charity, called Big Peat The RAF Edition.