We're five days into September, and that means Christmas talk is acceptable, right? Leading the way is family Scotch whisky firm Douglas Laing, who today unveiled its festive season offering – an 'all Islay' cask strength blended malt .
The new release is the 6th Big Peat Christmas edition and the bottle marks a festive first for the distillery. Usually a combination of primarily Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and Port Ellen, this one-off Big Peat limited edition vatting includes all active distilleries on Islay, plus the long-closed Port Ellen.
Bottled at a natural cask strength of 54.6% abv, the Christmas release comes without colouring or chill-filtration, adhering to the Douglas Laing family ethos to bottle 'as natural as it gets'.
The whisky comes in Christmas wrapping, kind of, with a bespoke illustration showing Big Peat by the fireside in his Islay home, with nine stockings hanging over the fireplace – a representation of the nine single malts included in the one-off Christmas recipe. It's even equipped with a candy-cane-striped coated stopper.
'Big Peat's annual Christmas release has become a hotly anticipated bottling by friends of our peaty Ileach fisherman across the globe', said marketing manager Jenny Rogerson. 'We're more excited than ever to reveal this year's limited edition, an undisputedly innovative product in terms of both spirit and packaging.'
Just 2,500 cases of Big Peat Christmas 2016 will be available globally via specialist whisky retailers from September 2016.