Compass Box The Peat Monster (Classic Brown Label)
Peated Blended Malt — Scotland
Reviewed August 23, 2017 (edited December 14, 2018)
I cannot understate how excited I was for this whisky, being both a great fan of blended malts, peated whisky and Compass Box's unmissable Great King Street range and so in I went, just a short moment after trying Belgian Owl Single Malt. The first flavours I get are fruity, sweet with caramel and cocoa. The flavours then drop, leaving a second of silence, only to return with sweet gin, cream, peach, banana and kiwi eventually the peat appears, not maritime, meaty or leathery peat, but a drying, spicy peat. The banana and kiwi return with the flavour of soft French oak for the whisky's finish. Yes, I can sense several types of peat and malt competing against each other, but unlike the rich, jazzy Great King Street whiskys offering an exciting waltz of flavours and whiskys, this whisky only offers a palate of weak flavours creating a faint dissonance where none of the flavours quite meet, with the stronger Ledaig and Laphroaig tamed by the Ardmore and the Caol Ila. The whisky is as such, much closer in my mind to an Irish whiskey, in a similar vein to Tyrconnell, rather than a full-bodied Scotch, if I hadn't tried Connemara and I was told this was Connemara, I would have been absolutely convinced. If your dream is to find a soft, subtle peated whisky reminiscent of Irish whiskey, this is for you, otherwise I wouldn't recommend this.