BIG SMOKE 46 ~ ISLAY, SCOTLAND
92/100 Wine Enthusiast
87/100 Whisky Advocate
Silver Outstanding: Scotch Whisky Blended Malt 2017 - International Wine & Spirit Competition
Silver: Scotch Whisky Blended Malt 2013 - International Wine & Spirit Competition
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%.
Jonny McCormick - Whisky Advocate "The power of pure burning peat smoke, lemon-scented floor polish, pine needles, salt spray, and delicate vanilla places this squarely among the archetypal whiskies from Islay. Sweet lemon, custard cream biscuits, and hints of smoked goose lend an oily mouthfeel. A combustible climax of smoke, spice, and earthy peat kindle a red-hot finish that will have you puffing smoke like a chimney."
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