Like many of you, I love Compass Box. Basically every CB whisky - core offerings, limited editions, peated or non-peated, super experimental or classic expressions. While it would be nice to have one of each, CB puts out a lot of different whiskies (22 current offerings, based on the on the CB website), with a fairly high rate of turnover for the special editions. So I'm trying to be a bit selective. I've been particularly curious about the Flaming Heart, so it was an easy pick from the Franklin Room's menu. It lived up to my expectations - peaty, bold and a nice fruit sweetness. No bitterness, not an off note to be found and a nice smokey finish. Nevertheless, I really wish I could have tried it alongside Peat Monster, which I recall as being very similar, and considerably cheaper. And at $100+, the Flaming Heart has strong competition from a few other CB offerings. So is it a buy? In the immediate term, I answered the buy question the following day at Binny's in Lincoln Park (a great tip from @ANTONIOSCHMID). The Compass Box selection at Binny's was phenomenal, as was the selection of local craft whiskeys and just about everything else. Hard choices were inevitable. The Flaming Heart was on sale for $114, but in the end, I chose two different CB's - a first edition No Name, simply because of the degree to which the whisky senseis here rave about it, and the Lost Blend, because it also has some fine reviews and I suspect it will be a bit different from other CB peated offerings. However, it looks like the availability of the current Flaming Heart is good, and I haven't ruled out a purchase yet.
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