burnt caramel
dried fruit
Spiral The Big Smoke 46
Duncan Taylor
The Big Smoke 46
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
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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.

  • Style
    Blended Malt Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    Duncan Taylor
  • Bottler
    Duncan Taylor

Duncan Taylor

The Big Smoke 46

(0.75l, 46%)

Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of The Big Smoke 46
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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