Thursday, March 3, 2011

Whisky review: Compass Box Peat Monster

Two whisky reviews in one day? You know how I roll.

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.

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