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Compass Box The Peat Monster

Distillery: Compass Box
Name: The Peat Monster
Region: Highland
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 46%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 5cl
Price: £37 (70cl)
Nose: Iodine, salty, sweet, orchard fruits
Taste: Peaty, smoky, light, salty, floral, spice
Finish: Long, peaty, oak, light, spicy
Rating: 5/10
Lastly I move onto Peat Monster, a blend of an Islay malt, Isle of Mull malt and a slightly peated Speyside malt to give “a balanced, highly drinkable peaty blended malt Scotch whisky”. I’m partial to peated whiskies, both highly peated Islay drams as well as other more subtle offerings from various distilleries, so this one should be interesting to try.
Well unsurprisingly it hits you with iodine initially but also with a refreshing salty note to it and a sweetness, a little too much for me at first but it does lessen are the air gets around it. As it aerates, hidden behind the iodine which also begins to lessens, you can get the orchard fruit notes coming through. The 46% ABV is also apparent on the nose.
The palate is predominately peaty as you would expect but it does have a lovely smoky note to it as well. The peat dies down some leading into a more delicate palate, a slightly coastal saltiness maybe followed by a soft floral note and a little spice. This leads on to the inevitably long peaty finish which is still light and spicy with an oaky dryness present also.
Yet another light and easy drinking dram from Compass Box. For the peat heads amongst us, this is a well balanced and easily approached dram suitable for both summer evenings due to it’s lightness, but also as a winter warmer due to it’s warm and spicy characters. I’m not sure I’m struck on the nose as such to be honest but the palate is certainly pleasant enough.
Thanks to Compass Box for the sample.

Compass Box Spice Tree

Distillery: Compass Box
Name: Spice Tree
Region: Highland
Age: 10-11
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 46%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: £39 (70cl)
Nose: Rich, vanilla, spicy (pepper), oak
Taste: Rich, smooth, slight sweetness, toffee, spicy
Finish: Long, warm, spicy, slight dryness
Rating: 7/10
I’ve heard a lot of good things said about Compass Box, and read many a praising review of their offerings, yet I have never got around to trying any. That had to be rectified! Now I may have mentioned it before that I am not a particularly big fan of blends, they often seem too much of a compromise for me, too smooth and without any really complexity. Lets hope Compass Box can convert me.
I decided to start with the Spice Tree as it has a strong name, makes me thing it might actually have something about it. It is a blended malt made from Highland malts.
Well it kicks off to a good start, the nose is rich with some complexity. It has a good balance of sweetness with a hint of oak and a nice kick of spice initially. The spice eases quite quickly as it aerates but remains at an un-intrusive level.
That richness is carried on to the smooth and mouth-coating palate. The vanilla sweetness is there but takes a back seat, giving way to the richer toffee sweetness and peppery spice that seems to go on forever, warming the palate as it goes. There is a hint of dryness on the finish as well.
With water – Nose: much lighter, fruitier with some cola aroma there too, strange. The palate becomes smoother, with the vanilla sweetness taking a step forward and toffee sweetness a step back. It also emphasises the peppery notes a little.
Well, I’m sold. I knew I would find a blend I enjoy a some point, and this is it. Pretty accurate name as well, delivers what it says on the label.