Type: Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon Refill
Added coloring: No
Owner: Compass Box Whisky Co.
Average price: € 65.00
Official website: www.compassboxwhisky.com/
We complete the tour of Compass Box’s most representative blends with the peated version, whose name says it all: the peat monster!
The first edition (called only Monster) dates back to 2003, created for the owners of the Park Avenue Liquor Shop (to which the ten-year anniversary version was also dedicated in 2013), and was a cask strength born from the marriage of two casks, one distilled in Port Askaig and one in Kennethmont.
The following year, the fixed version in their portfolio was born, with the current name.
In 2019, the bottling changed label and recipe, reducing the provenance of the whiskies (Caol Ila, Laphroaig and the Highlands blend).
With its usual policy of total transparency, Compass Box informs us how the contents of this bottle are created:
40% Laphroaig in hogshead refill;
26% Ardmore in hogshead refill;
20% Ledaig in hogshead refill;
13% Caol Ila in hogshead refill;
1% usual Highlands blend (Teaninich, Dailuaine and Clynelish) in toasted ex-Burgundy casks.
Come on, less complicated than usual…
Straw yellow, so pale as to be almost transparent.
The medicinal peat of Laphroaig roars with pleasure on the nose! Mineral and fleshy, with buckets of ocean and disinfectant, which you need while rolling around in this whisky so “dirty”, thanks also to the earthiness given by Ledaig. But in this great bonfire it’s not all peat that burns, as pineapple, candied orange, cloves and crème brulèe clearly emerge to complete a full, oily picture. Spectacular, for those who love the genre ça va sans dire.
On the palate the peat becomes more docile while remaining the master of the field, allowing the other aromas to roam the lawn of mineral and ashy scents: candied fruit, butter, a touch of liquorice, malted biscuit. Slight wood in the background. Less dirty than on the nose, and in this it perhaps loses out a little, but still satisfying.
Long and persistent finish, mineral, liquorice, biscuit, nutmeg and candied fruit, mixed with dull cigars.
Youth and ash go hand in hand, making for a nice, fat, full-bodied dram that is anything but banal and very stimulating.
Not to be missed by lovers of peat who want to go a little (but not that much) off the beaten track.