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Compass Box The Peat Monster

A Monster? Not So Sure

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@AlanjpReview by @Alanjp

24th Dec 2011


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The Peat Monster was the final one in the mini tasting session, and it rounded off the evening nicely!

It was very pale, looking quite young and light. On the nose i found it a struggle to get past the peat to be honest. It was a nice peat smell though, not overwhelming or burning. There was something else, but i was unable to really put a word to it.

When tasting, the peat was prominant but not in the same sense of an Islay whisky. There was a vanilla taste in there as well. There was a smoke filled finish, but i would have prefferred it to last longer.

Another enjoyable whisky from Compass Box, i wouldnt agree with the name though, it's peaty but it certainly isnt a monster in that respect.

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Victor commented

@Alanjp, please try yourself a sample of Compass Box The Peat Monster RESERVE, if you can find one. Quite a different whisky.

10 years ago 0

CompassBox commented

Hi @Alanjp Thanks for the review. For us, the key to Peat Monster is the combination of the feisty peaty nose (you may pick up the character of the south shore Islay malt that we use, along with a peaty malt from the Isle of Mull) combined with the smokier, rounder, silky, cinnamon and licorice palate based on the Speyside peat of Ardmore. It's like 2 whiskies in one, getting the best of both worlds.

As for the name, when we first created PM in 2003, it was quite monstrous in relation to other things out there, but today, you're right, it is very much in the medium-peated catgegory. We just didn't want to kill off the name or the little PM critter. We think of it now as a well-educated monster (charm with menace) and certainly a monster of complexity. I hope that helps!

10 years ago 0

Alanjp commented

@CompassBox Thanks for the reply and explanation regarding the name! I did enjoy the whisky, and i think by calling it a well-educated monster i think that hits the nail on the head!

10 years ago 0

Ol_Jas commented

Wow—remember the days when we used to get (seemingly) official responses from the likes of @CompassBox and @Bruichladdich on here?

Dem were da days.

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