Big Peat marks Islay road with 2020 Fèis Ìle whisky

2nd June, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

Independent bottler Douglas Laing has unveiled its limited edition Big Peat whisky for this year’s virtual Fèis Ìle festival: an eight-year-old blended malt that celebrates an iconic Islay road.

Big Peat’s latest annual Fèis Ìle bottling is an eight-year-old whisky

The new Big Peat 8 Years Old A846 is aged for eight years and bottled at 46% ABV. It is made without any added colouring and is non-chill-filtered. The whisky honours the A846, a “legendary” road that links whisky fans to distilleries across the Scottish island of Islay.

On the nose, the whisky has notes of “peat, smoked ham and a fresh seaside saltiness”. The palate brings “chewed leather, streaky bacon and rock salt” followed by notes of Madeira cake and smoked ham on the finish.

Every year Douglas Laing releases a new Big Peat whisky for the Fèis Ìle festival on Islay. However, this year’s event was turned into an online festival due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Douglas Laing CEO Chris Leggat said: “A journey along the A846 is a rite of passage for Islay whisky lovers, and a road that carries countless memorable moments for many.

“Whilst Fèis Ìle – Islay’s annual festival – exists in an entirely different virtual form this year, we (and Big Peat) wanted to mark the occasion the best way we know how – with a particularly innovative limited edition, featuring a cracking story and spectacular spirit within.”

The label for the eight-year-old depicts the brand’s character ‘Big Peat’ on his Hebridean island home and is packaged in a gift box. There are only 500 cases of the whisky available globally.

The brand is currently hosting a competition on its Facebook page, offering fans the chance to win one of 40 tasting packs, and to join the Douglas Laing team for a virtual tasting this month.

Cara Laing, director of whisky, added: “Each year, we proudly donate to the Fèis Ìle charity, an organisation that works tirelessly to showcase Islay to the world.

“At a time when many of us are dreaming of one day making the journey back to the Queen of the Hebrides once more, a sip of Big Peat’s A846 edition seeks to bring his much-loved island home to you, via its unmistakably Islay notes of chewed leather, streaky bacon, punchy peat smoke and rock salt.”

Big Peat 8 Years Old A846 Edition will be available from specialist spirits retailers globally from 8 June 2020. It is expected to retail at £45 (US$56.50).

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