Compass Box Flaming Heart, Third Edition
Added on Tuesday, Dec 28, 2010 at 08:07 PM
  Bottler: Compass Box
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Vatted Malt
  ABV: 48.90 % Region: Scotland
  Price: $90 Availability: Specialty Stores
A vatting of seven malts, but primarily from Clynelish, Caol Ila and Tobermory. 
4,186 bottles, Bottled September 2010
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 

Peat dominates the front of the nose, followed by malt, hay, and grass in the background.

The palate starts with sweet smoke, then picks up some of that rich malt that likely comes from the Clynelish.

This is a wonderful vatting.  Combining the peatiness of Islay and the islands with the richness of Clynelish gives an almost Brora like profile, or as close as you can probably get today.  The peat is a little more dominant than I'd like and you have to concentrate to get the rich maltiness out of it, but it's all there.  Probably the best Compass Box I've had.  B+/A-

Adam
 

Nose -- hello peat smoke! Peppermint notes. Malty.

 

Palate -- yum! Nice level of smoke with mild sweetness, maybe some allspice. Grows on me the more I drink, with honey-sweetness becoming more pronounced, and the smoke staying obvious but not overwhelming.  Warm spices dart in and out in the lengthy finish, with a little black and white pepper.

 

Seems like a good whisky for a chilly night by the fire. 

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