Whisky Review – Compass Box Peat Monster 10th Anniversary Edition

Compass Box Peat Monster 10th Anniversary Edition
48.9% ABV
Available for £75.85 from MasterOfMalt
Non Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the well renowned Peat Monster, compass box have released this new take on the old favourite.

Limited to 5,700 bottles, this edition features a richer blend, utilising some ‘quite odd casks of peaty Highland whisky’. Islay single malts distilled on the south shore of the island and in the village of Port Askaig, balanced with a rich, smokey Highland malt and a fruity oily malt from the village of Brora. Primary maturation is in first and refill American oak, plus approx 2% new French oak for finishing.

Let’s check it out.

Nose.

Peaty reeky. Highly medicinal peat smoke. Oily. Brine. Wet ropes. Salty coastal air. Some light vanilla and green fruit notes.

Palate.

Peat blast, briney, lots of sea salt, the peat reek transposes itself into the palate and the back of the throat making it feel like my head is well and truly consumed by a smokey peat stack. Fresh green apples touch the tongue mid/end development.

Finish.

The smoke is here to stay for quite a while. With a warming embrace.

Adding water.

With a drop of water the nose produces more bellowing bonfire smoke. Quite breathtaking. The palate becomes sweeter, with the apples becoming juiced and crunched through. Vanilla makes more of a entry, with the peat smoke well retained into the middle/end development. The finish drying, smokey and very clean.

Conclusion.

A peat monster in name and actuality. It’s a rather spectacular dram, fully concentrating on those heavy peat characteristics, while being a very smooth and relaxing dram. It can take a wee drop of water well, and benefits from it greatly. Impressive, as you would expect from Compass Box.

Thanks to Compass Box for providing the sample. Much appreciated.

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