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Compass Box The Peat Monster

A very shy Monster - but lovely!

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@galgReview by @galg

6th Sep 2010


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Color: Chardonnay.

Nose: Melange of Sweet fruit under a cape of peat : Apricots, Pears and some butter. Some wood smoke, earthy peat and white pepper and smoked bacon. Not extremely peaty as the name suggests, I've encountered peatier malts and blended malts (Big peat for example By D.Laing). but it's very enjoyable.

Palate: Body is quite thin, peat attack is first less noticeable, then after 2 seconds, the peat sneaks on you, and attacks with multiple 'waves' of peat sweetness, loads of Pepper and cinnamon all together. a very nice feeling to it.

Finish: peat smoke, cinnamon and burnt sugar with some malt.

Bottom line:

If you are a peat-head, this is a very enjoyable vatting, rather complex, and on the spot, But , and that’s a big BUT. it’s really a very shy monster, that does not roar. Compared to other beasts such as the Supernova 2010, or the Octomores , PC6 / 7 / 8 , this is a well-behaved peat creature. It lacks the sheer impact of peat, and the 46% ABV also is not a match to the Cask Strength of let’s say even the Corryvreckan or Laphraoig QC / CS.

If i had to choose between those two, I'd first shell out the money for the big hammers. But, I am a peat devotee. Someone who is just entering the Peated malts world would enjoy this one better. It will be a great introductory dram to the world of Islay peat, and peat in general. So, It’s a good option, after all.

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jdcook commented

Two compass peat monster reviews within a few hours, and both are positive. Now I really wish it were easier to get ahold of in Australia!

11 years ago 0

galg commented

jdcook, not easy to get this one?

11 years ago 0

dbk commented

That's funny timing! @galg, it looks like you and I agreed on several points in our respective reviews, but picked up on some different notes as well. Very cool.

11 years ago 0

galg commented

This is what's cool. everyone has a different palate.

11 years ago 0

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