Compass Box - The Peat MonsterFor Peat Heads
Type: Vatted Malt (a blend of single malts from different distilleries)
Tasting Notes: The aroma is a highly aromatic combination of fruit, spice and marine peatiness in the form of a beach bonfire. Adding water brings out aromas that remind you of burning ropes and a touch of iodine. In the mouth it is very full on the palate, rich and loaded with flavour: a bacon-fat smokiness, full-blown peat, a maltiness, hints of fruit and spice. The finish goes on seemingly forever, echoing peat and smoke for several minutes after you've had a sip.
Lead Distilleries: Caol Ila, 10 & 11 years-old; Ardmore, 12-17 years-old
Casks: First Refill American oak, ex-bourbon
Bottling Details: 46%, not chill filtered, natural colour
Drinking Recommendations: More of an after dinner and into-the-late-hours-of-the-evening-type of whisky. Drink it neat or with a few splashes of (bottled, preferably) water. Excellent with certain kinds of blue vein cheeses.
John's Notes: This one's for the real peat heads, and for lovers of complex, multilayered malt whisky. What makes it fit into the Compass Box house style is the balance of richness and subtle sweetness that the old casks of Ardmore provide to the smoky-peaty Caol Ila. As with all our whiskies, several months of marrying allow all the flavours of each of the whiskies to knit together to form what is our biggest and most complex offering. Not over the top, (that's just not our style), but big, complex and balanced.