Compass Box The Peat Monster Vatted Malt Whisky 750ml

SKU #1011045 90-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 An intensely smoky initial bouquet which then becomes creamy, concentrated, citrusy, mash-like, and very malty. At palate entry heavily smoked flavors of charred barley and kippers appear; at midpalate the taste profile turns sweet, bonfire-like, and strikingly like smoky green tea and honey. Ends sweet, moderately smoky, ash-like, and even caramel-like. An elegant malt despite its moniker.  (12/ 2004)

94 points Whisky Advocate

 The formula for this whisky has changed slightly since its inception -- and I think for the better. They've added some Laphroaig into the mix of Caol Ila and Ardmore. This whisky demonstrates the layered complexity that can be achieved by marrying whisky from different distilleries and different regions. I particularly enjoy the rich maltiness and oily texture that provide firm bedding and flavor contrast to the classic Islay notes: tar, boat docks, brine, smoked olive, seaweed, and kiln ash. More subtle cracked peppercorn, mustard seed, and citrus fruit add complexity. Long, warming finish. Amazing how a small change in composition can significantly benefit the overall flavor profile of a whisky.

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 By: Gestalted |  Review Date: 12/14/2012 
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I have to admit, when I first read David's post about this on the Spirits Journal, I was a touch hesitant being this is a Scotch blend, however because of his great detailed description and overwhelming endorsement, I decided to try this out. I can tell you, this is fantastic and a must-try for any Islay-geek. The high level summary is, massive yet elegant. It truly takes a blend master to get this level of quality. Massive amounts of smoke and peat yet the mouthfeel is clean yet super greasy (a great attribute) and finish is very complex with notes of malt, lemon, spice, etc.

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Varietal:

Malt

Country:

Scotland

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Alcohol Content (%): 46