Compass Box Flaming Heart 15th Anniversary Limited Edition
Compass Box // Scotland
Scotch is a notoriously traditional drink. Compass Box Scotch is not. The forward-thinking blended expressions, formulated by founder John Glaser in England, are best thought of as haute couture for the senses: they're elaborate and a little extravagant--down to the clever packaging. They're carefully designed to turn heads. In other words: not traditional. This Flaming Heart limited edition release, the fourth of its kind, is a blend of single malts from throughout Scotland (Northern Highlands, Speyside, the islands), with a heavy Islay component. The malts are aged in a mix of ex-bourbon, heavily-toasted new French oak and sherry casks. The product is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 48.9%.
Blended MaltComprised of malted whisk(e)y from two or more distilleries; aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typeex-bourbon, new French oak, ex-sherry
"Notes of butterscotch and butter cookies poke through the rich yet easygoing peat smoke on the nose, but those hints of sweet aren't strong enough to make an appearance on the palate, which is dominated by a blustery whirlwind of peat. It comes at you with an intensity that could not have been predicted by the nose, which seems gentle in retrospect. Even water can't calm this tempest. The thick finish is just as intense as the rest of it. The peat storm leaves a rough sour tang in its wake. "