Tasting Compass Box Flaming Heart (10th Anni. edition)
After the ‘Double Single’ we arrive at the second limited expression bottled for the 10th anniversary. The ‘Flaming Heart’.
This is a marriage of Single malt whiskies from seven distilleries located in the northern Highlands and Islands. Primarily whiskies from distilleries located in the villages of Brora (probably Clynelish ) , Port Askaig, Islay (Probably Caol Ila) and the Isle of Mull – (probably Tobermory).
In terms of casks : 47% refill American oak, 34% first-fill American oak and 19% new French oak casks were used. It’s a rather limited edition as well with 4,186 bottles made.
Dramming! let’s go.
Colour: light Gold
Nose: vanilla and fruit, intertwined with peat smoke, earthy peat and some brine. then back to the sweet malty notes as well as spices , vanilla and pepper. [I tried comparing this to Caol Ila 18 i have , and it’s a perfect match Islay wise… very similar notes.] A peppery Kugel, made before Shabbat. wow.
Palate : Starting with an assault of spice (pepper) , then peat-smoke , tar, with cereal sweetness on the sides. great balance and harmony of tastes.
Finish : Long with smoke staying there for quite some time, a wee fruitiness .
Wonderful marriage of highlands , Islands and Islay. Well made. great balance,and the interplay between peat smoke and fruit is lovely.
Deal Alert :
Now,Shoppers Vineyard has this baby up for $80. how do they do it? no idea (when the official price is almost 80 GBP!), if i were living in the USA, I’d get me 2 of those Stat. HERE (I am not affiliated with SV in any way!).
Thanks to Chris of the CB whisky company for this lovely sample.