Compass Box, London, England, United Kingdom
The last bottle, and not the least, of the tasting of 6 last May at Scotch Whiskey Club of Quebec, evening showing a good part of the range of traffic jams of the English company Compass Box, is a special edition for the 10th anniversary of this blend loved all peat-lovers, I named the Compass Box the Peat Monster 10th Anniversary Edition.
Initially, the craftsmen of Compass Box had created this blend more-than-peaty, simply under the name of Monster, exclusively for the renowned Park Avenue Liquor Shop in New York, but the response was so positive that they decided to sell it elsewhere afterwards as Peat Monster. Today he is the best salesperson in the company.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this blend, the original blend has been enhanced with a smoked Highland malt. The role that Park Avenue Liquor Shop played in the genesis of the Peat Monster has not been forgotten; they were rewarded with the exclusivity on the version cask strength of the Peat Monster 10th Anniversary Edition.
Aged in a blend of new and used American oak with a French oak barrel finish, then bottled in September 2013, the edition we are tasting today is limited to 5700 bottles.
As the Chinese scholar and war general said so well Wen Tianxiang (1236-1283) so aptly put it:
There are very few monsters that deserve the fear we have.
Excessively pale complexion, almost white. Looks like he saw the monster on the bottle.
Nice, relatively smooth peat from the start, as announced by the beast on the packaging. Once that curtain is raised, a cascade of apple butter, smoked bacon and vanilla is invited to the boom. A small mineral side comes to complete the whole.
Sweet as soon as it arrived in the mouth, with apples and spices, pepper and vanilla, all tied together by a not too invasive peat. Crunchy toffee on the bridge to the final.
Long and pleasant, intertwined with peat and spicy chocolate. More peaty than in the mouth.
A clear added value on the original edition. A real peat monster, but rather sweet and devious. A peated for the summer, an aperitif torque while we prepare a good old briquette barbecue.
Note: ★ ★ ★ ★★