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Compass Box Flaming Heart 6th Edition


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

13th Feb 2019


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I tried the 4th Edition of this Flaming Heart in 2013 and the 5th Edition in 2016. Today, the 6th Edition of this blended malt is in my glass. While the ABV remains the same, the composition is slighty different each time. For this sixth release they used barrels, hogsheads, French oak and American oak. The lead players are still Clynelish and Caol Ila. On the nose, the Caol Ila is immediately noticeable, but it cannot hide the waxiness of Clynelish (that’s a good thing, too). It has a lovely sweetness, which makes me think a sherry cask went into the mix. Touches of clay, a whiff of diesel and baked apples. Another bull’s eye, if you ask me. It is fairly powerful, quite peppery and salty and the peat immediately takes the reins. Feisty spiciness and nice development of smoke. To my surprise this is a lot less sweet than the nose promised and also a lot less sweet than the previous two releases if memory serves. Citrus peeks around the corner, as does a leaf of mint. Midpalate, the salt takes control. The finish starts quite intense on ashes and liquorice, but then suddenly disappears leaving the mouth dry. The better work of John Glaser, although I do prefer the 4th release. This is certainly worth 130 EUR.

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cricklewood commented

@markjedi1 thanks for the review of this, I haven't seen many thus far, the 5th edition of this is truly dear to my heart and so I was wondering how this would stack up against it.

You didn't rate it too far behind so it's nice to see it is a solid effort, despite having a much different compositions than last year and yes I believe there is a bit of sherry casks that we're used this year

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KRB80 commented

I'm attending a Compass Box Seminar tonight and will be tasting this, among other CB offerings. I have never tried any iteration of this so I am eager to kick it's tires.

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