BIG SMOKE 46 ~ ISLAY, SCOTLAND
92/100 Wine Enthusiast
A younger, more intensely smoky version of Auld Reekie, The Big Smoke is an Islay malt whisky from Duncan Taylor, and it comes bottled at 46%, and 60%.
Nose - Hints of cool wood smoke, wet leaves, and oak. Some sugared peels, almond, and salty notes. Peat, and vanilla.
Palate - Charcoal, caramel, smoked meat, peat smoke, and dry oak. Hints of malty sweetness, with spice.
Finish - Long finish, notes of the coast, and wood ash.
Duncan Taylor is an independent bottler and blender of Scotch whisky, founded in Glasgow in 1938, and has ownership of one of the largest privately-held collections of rare scotch whisky casks. It initially operated as a whisky merchant and broker of Scotch sales between distilleries and independent bottlers and blenders. In 2001 Euan Shand, formerly of GlenDronach, acquired the firm, and in 2014 the company moved its headquarters to Huntly in Aberdeenshire, close to Speyside, to focus on the production and marketing of its own brands