#208 • Compass Box the Peat Monster 10th Anniversary Edition

48.9% alc./vol.
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.

Nose:
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.

Taste:
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.

Finish:
Long and pleasant, intertwined with peat and spicy chocolate. More peaty than in the mouth.

Balance:
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: ★ ★ ★ ★

#207 • Compass Box Flaming Heart

48.9% alc./vol.
Compass Box, London, England, United Kingdom

Arrived last before my last favorite tasting 6 last May at Scotch Whiskey Club of Quebec, tasting about the expressions of the English company Compass Box, bottled in August 2012 and limited to only 9147 bottles, the fourth edition of the Compass Box Flaming Heart.

The Flaming Heart is a whiskey that is not necessarily produced every year. Indeed, the craftsmen of Compass Box wait to have the exact combination of whiskeys they need to make an edition, and this under the most favorable conditions. the 2012 edition features malts from all over Scotland, but especially from the south of the island ofIslay and the village of Brora. It is unfiltered cold and contains no artificial coloring.

The combination of barrels is also rather eccentric, combining American oak that had contained bourbon, new French oak and old sherry casks.

As George Frederick Ernest Albert said, better known as the nickname George V, King of the United Kingdom and Dominions (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland), and Emperor of India (1865-1936):

Christian hell, fire. Pagan hell, fire. Mahometan hell, fire. Hindu hell, flames. According to religions, God was born a roaster.

Tint not quite golden but becomes paler when poured.

Nose:
We start with a sweet touch of barley, soaked in vanilla essence. We pass gently over a few raisins, a few smurf berries to finish with a bewitching hint of peat smoke.

Taste:
Juicy and fruity peat, vanilla and cinnamon. Beautiful notes of sherry cask emerging: tobacco leaf, dates, orange zest, spices, nutmeg. It is not unlike a delicious Loch Gorm.

Finish:
All in elegance. Fades into notes of dark chocolate with orange, to let the spices die off slowly.

Balance:
Construction of the most efficient, moreover with bases that are really to my taste when leaving. Absolute relaxation. Enough to ignite hearts.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★