Scotch whisky bottler and blender Douglas Laing has extended its Big Peat series with the launch of the range’s first age-statement whisky – a 25-year-old vatted malt.The first expression in the “rare” limited-edition trilogy series is Big Peat 25 Years Old The Gold Edition, comprised of liquid from Islay distilleries including Ardbeg, Bowmore and Port Ellen. Two consecutive limited-edition releases will follow The Gold Edition. Big Peat 25 Years Old The Gold Edition is bottled at a cask strength of 52.1% abv, without colouring or chill filtration and is limited to 3000 bottles globally. Cara Laing, director of whisky at Douglas Laing comments: “With this specialist series in mind, we’ve been sampling certain casks over the years and feel now that Big Peat’s aged vatting is ripe for release. “Our very special marriage of Islay single malts is bursting with rich, deep, phenolic and typically Islay flavours, clearly showing Big Peat’s signature sweet smokiness at its heart. It will be fascinating to see how the spirit develops as the trilogy progresses.” Big Peat 25 Years Old will be released through specialist whisky retailers from December 2017.