The oldest ever Big Peat Islay Malt Scotch Whisky bottling is unveiled today by Douglas Laing & Co.
The family firm, established over 70 years ago, announces their Big Peat 33 Years Old Limited Edition of only 1,500 bottles – a marriage of Single Malts from Islay, finished in a unique combination of French Cognac and Spanish Sherry casks.
Packaged in a premium, textured gift tube with high gloss varnish and intricate foil detailing, the burnt orange and gold colour ways give a subtle nod to the Cognac region. Designed to showcase “the more mature side of Big Peat”, “his” latest Limited Edition carries spirit distilled on Islay in 1985, with “a sweet smokiness and a charred meaty, Malted character at its heart”.
Fred Laing, creator of Big Peat and Chairman of his family’s firm, comments:
“Having briefly experimented with the first ever Sherry finish for our Big Islay pal back in 2017 (for the Feis Ile Festival bottling) we received some phenomenal feedback and requests, nay, demands, for further such innovation. Knowing some of our Big Peat spirit (our stocks of Islay Single Cask Single Malt) was maturing nicely in a combination of former Cognac and Sherry casks, it was only a matter of time before we’d be tempted to answer those emails with this rather intriguing and timely European triangular connection!”
Big Peat 33 Years Old Cognac & Sherry Finished Limited Edition is available from specialist spirits retailers globally. Just 1,500 bottles exist, expected to retail at £250.