Compass Box is a whisky blending shop started by John Glaser, a Minnesotan who worked for Diageo until he decided to have a go at making whisky himself. The Peat Monster is a blend of Caol Ila, Ardmore, and Laphroaig single malts, all between 10 and 16 years old and aged in first-fill American oak casks.
Compass Box Peat Monster, 46% ABV
Blended malt Scotch whisky
Nose: Peat and tar. Wet hay.
Palate: Light at first, then some peat and smoke coming on. A bit of sweetness in the background that just kind of hangs around.
Finish: Sugary peat.
Rating (of 100): 86. I feel like there's a lot of peat but not a lot of backbone here. Good thing I'm a peat freak.