Douglas Laing & Co has released the 2018 edition of its annual Big Peat Christmas blended Scotch whisky, which has been bottled at cask strength.The bottle design for Big Peat Christmas 2018 features Santa Claus delivering gifts down a chimney in Islay. The gift tube also features snowflakes against a night sky with red foil detail. The limited edition expression is bottled at 53.9% abv and at natural colour. Cara Laing, director of whisky, said: “You can expect a big, ashy, beachy, oceanic and smoky message in the bottle, all the way from the island of Islay. “During the festive season, that chimney soot connection seems particularly appropriate, being the entry point of our gift-laden Saint Nick himself. “Big Peat’s Christmas limited edition has become truly synonymous with the season, setting us up nicely as we prepare to celebrate his 10th birthday in 2019.” Big Peat Christmas 2018 is available from specialist Scotch whisky retailers in key markets globally, including Europe, the US and select Asian markets. It is expected to have an RRP of €55 (US$63.70). Douglas Laing & Co revealed further details about its first distillery last month, which will be named Clutha.