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A limited release of 15,000 bottles - the peatiest blend ever released by Compass Box, centred around an Islay whisky from a Pier Road distillery (hmm…Ardbeg?). It is a bit pricy, but this had quite the buzz about it - Ardbeg from Compass Box!
Bottling Code: L 27 11 17 1 12:19 88
Bottling Date: 2017
What a nice, rich, nose! Lots of rich tarry notes, ash, smoke – but it’s very clean and well-put together. Bacon, seashore, turf fires, smoke, clean dry oak, iodine, beeswax – quite nice stuff! It’s quite earthy – more earthy than I would associate with Ardbeg. The palate is full of rich smoke, but it’s tempered by a quite nice minerality, candle wax, and spice towards the finish, which is sweet, spicy, and smoky with some rich cacao notes too. Terrific stuff.
How does it compare to peat monster? Much deeper and more mature, with a much richer, clean cut taste profile. It really does outshine it in elegance, focus, and depth – but not in breadth.
Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Average. This is a very nice whisky, enough to propel it into a decent value category if you like peat, despite the high price (~160$).