The Big Smoke 46

Duncan Taylor The Big Smoke 46

(0.75l, 46%)

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Big, bold & flavorful. 

Duncan Taylor & Co. was founded in 1938 as a cask broker — an agent for competing distilleries and blended Scotch companies. Soon, they started showing up at distilleries with their own casks to have them filled on site. All the while they built up one of the largest privately-held collections of rare casks. In 2001, experienced industry veteran Euan Shand purchased the company and expanded into a series of new brands and blends to complement their rare cask business with six single malts, two blended malts, three blended Scotches, two Rums, and one Gin. 

The Big Smoke 46 is a smoky blend of Whiskies from some of the top Islay distilleries. If you are a fan of peaty, smoky Whisky, they’re all names you know and love. The “46” refers to its 46% ABV (they have a “60” as well). Big, bold, and strong.
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    Blended Malt Whisky
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    Duncan Taylor

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burnt caramel
What does The Big Smoke 46 taste like?

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Scotch Whisky is almost never aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation, while many times ageing process and flavor finishing is concluded in various wine casks, such as sherry or port.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color 
Pale gold 

Nose / Aroma / Smell 
Smoke and peat — like a camp fire put out by wet leaves — with marzipan and dried apple 

Flavor / Taste / Palate 
Burnt caramel, malt, vanilla, and a salty-smoky-meaty note — like prosciutto 

Long and warm with sea-spray
Ratings & Reviews
Smells lke a 1950 hospital's OR. Horrible taste.
Pretty solid blend for the price if you like Islay scotch. I prefer Compass Box Peat Monster or some of the blends from Wemyss, but they are a bit more expensive.
This was quite a surprise. Definitely Big Islay that opens the over with a sixer and then simmers down to a long boundary. Perfect after running mutton curry or similar zesty fare and best with a robusto and a splash of H2O to open up the concoction post dinner and by a fireside. Looking forward to enjoying more of it this winter.
The only blended for an Islay lover! It's exactly what you think it would be in that it hits hard with the smoke and peat...yet it's surprisingly refined on the palate with balancing sweetness and vanilla. This could easily become a go to dram for me.
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