Whisky of the week # 46 Peat Monster 10th Anniversary
Ten years ago Compass Box created a bespoke blend of very peaty single malts for the owners of the Park Avenue Liquor Shop in New York. They named it “Monster” and for the label graphics they used a 19th century illustration of a bizarre and strangely beautiful creature that appeared to Compass Box to capture the idea of the whisky. It sold so well that when it became endangered they decided to share the idea with the rest of the world.
Compass Box appended “The Peat” to the front of “Monster” and breathed fresh life into the beautiful beast. It has gone on to become their best-selling Compass Box whisky. In 2013, let’s celebrate ten years of sharing the joys of the craft blender’s art, of inspiring others in the industry and of enjoying the balanced, peaty charms of this creation. Heavy peat and smoke, combined with notes of malty richness. For this special bottling, they have produced a special recipe of The Peat Monster, maintaining the smoky, heavy-peated intensity of the classic bottling and adding a bit more malty richness through the use of some very special, quite odd casks of peaty Highland single malt.
Intense aromas of peet-reek, smoke, seaside character and burnt ropes, with a subtle apple-fruitiness in the background. The palate is full, round and tremendously complex. Water brings out a spice-laden, sweet vanilla character.