Douglas Laing unveils Big Peat Christmas 2017 bottling

by Annie Hayes

Independent Scotch bottler Douglas Laing & Co has announced the seventh annual Big Peat Christmas edition, containing seven single malt whiskies from Islay.

Bottled at natural cask strength – this year at 54.1% abv – the liquid is said to be "a smoky blast that delivers the ultimate taste of Islay whisky". Big Peat Christmas 2017 is said to offer flavours of "ferry engine rooms, tarry ropes, rock pools, harbour walls, beached seaweed and creosoted beach huts, with a late suggestion of chewed leather". Douglas Laing’s managing director, Fred Laing said: "Big Peat is in the midst of his busiest year ever with numerous special bottlings, including his commemorative release for Feis Ile 2017, and multiple exclusive bottlings for some of his key markets across the globe. "His demanding schedule continues with this latest release, which contains a unique recipe encompassing 7 of his favourite single malts from Islay, honouring the 7th Big Peat Christmas edition. "The resulting liquid captures that signature smoky style with a marvellously maritime quality, just perfect for sipping by the fire, feet up on a cold winter’s night. Big Peat’s not ready to put his feet up just yet though, with one final big announcement to follow before the year is out…" Big Peat Christmas is now available globally from specialist whisky retailers.