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What does John Glaser do when he puts his hands on a parcel of tasty 2003 Ardbeg casks? He asks himself what should I blend it with... Ultimately the peatiest ever release of Compass Box was produced from more than 70% Ardbeg with Caol Ila, Clynelish and a small parcel of French oak matured whiskies to round things out. Bottled at 48.9%.
Andrew's Tasting Note
Nose: a big surge of malt, caramel and tarry ropes; an ocean pier at low tide; big orangey tones and chocolate; burnt smores, seaweed and kelp drying in the sun on the beach.
Palate: big, bold, malty and smoky; still tarry and mildly-medicinal; orange, more burnt smores with sweet-waxy-honey tones and floral notes; some licorice, demerara sugars and briny-seaweed.
Finish: rich, long, elegant and malty; the orange, honey and floral vanilla still shine through, with a touch of the medicinal tones.
Comment: big but round, bold but tamed; the Ardbeg adds a dimension to Compass Box I’ve never seen before. Having tried the Ardbeg on its own, as well as the blend it is interesting to see what they have added to it. Curiously the Caol Ila and Clynelsih, even is small doses is very apparent.
"We came across a parcel of American oak barrels filled with mature, massively peaty single malt whisky - tarry and full of bonfire-like smokiness. To us, this was a whisky crying out to be tamed and shaped into a very special Compass Box limited edition.
"Even peatier than our whisky called ‘The Peat Monster’ - the staple peated Blended Malt Scotch Whisky in the Compass Box range - the resulting blend is massive in terms of the intensity and complexity of flavour; a whisky brimming with complex peatiness, but tempered with hints of fruit character and an underlying sweetness.
"A bonfire-like smokiness on the nose with a peatiness that is by turns tarry and medicinal with hints of autumn leaves. A powerful smokiness and peatiness follow, accented by hints of ripe cherries, plums and spice."
- Ardbeg 2003 - 13 Year - Rechar barrel - 75.5% of Blend
- Caol Ila 2001 - 16 Year - Refill barrel 10.6% of Blend
- Clynelish 2002 - 15 Year - Rechar Hogshead 13.4% of Blend
- French Oak BR - 9 Year - ASB 0.5% of Blend
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