Big Peat

Big Peat


Our "Vatted" Islay Malt

Big Peat: A small batch bottling traditionally non chill-filtered, not coloured and containing ONLY Islay Malt Whiskies! 

But what exactly is a Vatted Malt? It is what the Scotch Whisky industry has traditionally called “a marriage of Malts”. Big Peat contains Malt Whisky ONLY from the island of Islay – some say it’s the ultimate taste of Islay… we’d be bound to agree!

With a PPM of 40, Big Peat is a feisty Islay character but with a sweet side too – ‘he’ carries a big peaty (“phenolic”), beachy, oceanic, rather ashy selection of malts only from the magical Whisky Island of Islay… Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and (even the now closed) Port Ellen to name but a few!

We do not chill-filter – we prefer a more old fashioned traditional approach – so you will detect a massive amplification of sea-faring qualities on the nose, palate, and finish…

Nose:  Fresh, salty and clean, developing to malted barley dried over peat with a damp earthy character

Palate: Ashes, sweet tar, beaches and smoking chimneys 

Finish: Long and lingering, it replicates the palate with salty, tangy liquorice, smoke, bonfire ashes - being foremost: PHENOLIC 

Get to know him better… @bigpeatwhisky



Big Peat's homemade bottling - 50cl @ 50%
The good folks at Douglas Laing have allowed me to (literally) hand-craft this limited edition small batch Big Peat. It's been bottled by me personally in my own humble home on Islay into these handy wee bottles. This online exclusive bottling comes in at a punchy 50% strength.

RRP £29.99 plus P&P at £3.50.

Big Peat Umbrella for sale

"Don't water down my dram!" - says BIG PEAT
We know it rains in Scotland once in a while and we pretend that it rains in other places as well—just to make us feel better. That’s why we want to share our BIG PEAT umbrellas with you.

The umbrellas are now available from Douglas Laing & Co for £17.95 (+ postage & packaging). Send your request and contact details via:­bigpeat/­

Tested for you in Scotland by Big Jan.

Fred and Richard Patterson

Fred and Dickie on Big Peat...
Fred and Whyte & Mackay's Richard Patterson - aka The Nose - but as a double act they are "The Tashes".

Click on the picture to see them discussing their heritage in the Whisky industry, the joy of old Single Grain Whisky and Big Peat at Whisky Live Glasgow 2010.

Awards for BIG PEAT

Awards for BIG PEAT
Since conceived in May 2009 – and launched to an unsuspecting liquor community in September, BIG PEAT has received accolades from all over the World. The Malt Maniacs awarded it “BEST PEATED WHISKY/DAILY DRAM” – The Whisky Magazine awarded it “BEST BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY”.
The Americans also got in on the act with a “Young Whisky - Gold Medal ”on the International Whisy Competition in Chicago and in the Spirits Business Magazine he won a Gold award for “INNOVATIVE DESIGN/PACKAGING” (not really surprising, we suppose!).

BIG PEAT and the wee ones

BIG PEAT family picture
BIG PEAT and the wee ones - family picture taken somewhere on Islay.

BIG PEAT and tube

BIG PEAT - now also available with gift tube
You can now choose your BIG PEAT with a gift tube. It is still available just as a bottle.

Big Peat also comes in 20cl bottles.





DOUGLAS LAING & CO LTD. TEL : +44 (0)141 333 9242 FAX : +44 (0)141 333 9245