A wonderful limited edition expression from the chaps at Compass Box, this is their fifteenth anniversary bottling of Flaming Heart, a top notch blended malt which pairs the smoky richness of peated whisky with the complex elegance of Scotch whisky matured in French oak. It was released in the latter half of 2015, fifteen years after Compass Box was lunched in 2000, with John Glaser at the helm.
They released their first bottling of Flaming Heart back in 2006 and the pairing of French-oak matured whisky with peated whisky was a new, exciting venture. It’s still bloomin’ awesome today, too.
Nose: Wood smoke, red fruits, cinnamon and a touch of marzipan. Oatcakes and light sea breeze give it a pleasantly peaty personality.
Palate: Fresh berries up front. Warming, smoky peat builds. Hazelnut cream. A touch oily.
Finish: Ooh, it does lovely things on the finish with raspberry, smoky peat and a bit of damson jam!
Scotch Vatted Malt of the Year – 2017
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
Rich, sweet, smoky and gorgeous – I’m a huge and unabashed Compass Box fan, but even by their standards this is a special whisky. One of their very, very best.