Big Peat Islay Vatted Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
The name says it all: this Scotch is blended from 'a shovelful' of Islay single malts, including Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and Port Ellen—producers of some of the peatiest Scotches around. The bold iodine aroma is like breathing salt air at the seashore, and is just subtly smoky. On the palate, expect fleeting vanilla sweetness followed by a huge rush of peat smoke, which pulls back to finish with campfire s’mores and bitter chocolate notes.
This vatted malt hits all the right notes and completely justifies its higher price. Not only is is a crazy blend of Islay's finest: Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and the rare Port Ellen, it is exactly what you expect when you taste it. The aromas are of smoke, and salty seaweed with a slight medicinal note, and the palate shows more campfire smoke with a saline and herbal character. The finish is rockin' and the length on it is incredible. It lingers in your mouth for minutes as hints of fresh chopped spearmint and pepper start to appear. This is an aptly named whisky that is very much a big and peaty drink. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)