It's September so it must be time to pack away the summer gear and start digging out the thermals. It also means the Christmas releases are coming out thick and fast.
Douglas Laing & Co is quick off the mark with its Big Peat Christmas 2017 limited edition. Bottled at natural cask strength, this year at 54.1% abv, the company describes it as 'a cask-strength, smoky blast that delivers the ultimate taste of Islay whisky.'
The packaging shows Big Peat bracing a blizzard battering his island home of Islay. With his trademark beard turned to icicles, he's also swapped his familiar polo neck for a festive red get-up.
As always, the all-Islay 'vatted' malt whisky inside is offered without colouring or chill-filtration, in line with the brand's philosophy to bottle Scotch whisky 'as natural as it gets'.
'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,' said Douglas Laing & Co’s managing director Fred Laing.
'His demanding schedule continues with this latest release, which contains a unique recipe encompassing seven of his favourite single malts from Islay, honouring the seventh 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...'
We'll let you know the news as soon as we hear it. Watch this space...
Big Peat Christmas will be available via specialist whisky retailers this month.