Big Peat Norway Edition
Big Peat Norway Edition, NAS, 48 %
Big Peat, of course, is the well-known Islay blended malt from independent bottler Douglas Laing.
As far as I know, the Norway edition is the same as the regular one with two exceptions; 1) the ABV is upped from 46 % to 48 %, due to our very low winter temperature, and 2) the label is even cooler.
This is the official blurb on the contents of this blended malt:
With Caol Ila spirit bringing sweetness, Bowmore the perfect balance, Ardbeg the medicinal, earthy quality and Port Ellen, a degree of elegance, Big Peat represents all that is Islay in a bottle.
You can buy Big Peat Norway Edition at NOK 590 (7947402).
Nose: Big Peat starts off sneaking around quietly in the snow. I detect vanilla and milk chocolate, with a whiff of tropical fruits. The nose grows (like Pinocchio's) and after a few minutes in the glass it appears a lot more solid and firm. The character is now slightly earthy, with sweet wood smoke and salt added.
Taste: Medium to rich body. Buttery or creamy mouthfeel. Caramel, baked apples, ginger, vanilla, black pepper and ashes.
Finish: Medium long finish. Caramel and white pepper. A touch maritime now. Hints of cut grass and herbs.
Comments: A fine rascal of a dram. A bit more oomph than the regular edition. I feel warm in the winter night now.
Sláinte! - Thomas