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Tasting Compass Box Flaming Heart 2012 edition

18 September 2012 1,845 views Written by: Gal Granov

flamingheart_typefaceIsrael Post. I love hate it. It’s evil. You can count on it to do its work so slowly it can be infuriating at times. Other  times it just works fine. Go figure.

It all started with a Compass Box Tweeter tasting Part Deux. I was keen on participating but the Evil post (again) did not deliver the samples on time. I got the samples one day too late, and thus, had to taste those three lovely sample (Hedonism, Oak cross, Flaming heart) a few days after the rest of my twitter friends did. Better late then never, as they say. right?

I really enjoyed Flaming heart two years ago (boy how times flies!) when CB turned 10 years old, and was really looking fwd to trying this one too. Jhon Glazer is one hell of a good master blender and whisky wizard and know his stuff. so this one was supposed to be a little stunner too. This latest edition contains whiskies from Islay (Laphroaig), Highlands (Clynelish) , and some Ardmore, with a combination of refill American Oak (heavily toasted) and sherry casks. Sounds good? It’s good. believe me.

Flaming Heart, 2012 edition , 48.9 % ABV , £83flaming

Nose: We’re in Islay time now. Starts with a lot of peat smoke, smoked ham, BBQ, leather and vanilla, lovely smokiness which is just great. Laphroaigish but not very medicinal.  some earthy tones as well, with burnt dry leaves.

Palate: Oh pepper mama. Starts peppery with tons of ash, smoke and BBQ’ed meat, then into peat land, with medicinal , a bit of fruit. vanilla, and sugar with a touch of cinnamon and spice. tar, salt. and wax it’s a party in your mouth and you want to get MORE!

Finish :Long, smoky BBQ fire that is no longer. hints of BBQ meat in marinade.

An Excellent whisky. Top class.

Score: 90/100

official sample provided by Compass box whiskies

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  • http://www.facebook.com/raviv.marom Raviv Marom

    I do love Compass Box, their bottling’s just never disappoint and the

    Compass Box Flaming Heart 10th Anniversary is just stunning.

    Just got their Spice Tree bottling and very anxious to pop it!

    • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

      Raviv
      Agree fully. top notch company they are.
      the spice tree is very nice which version do u have , the new one or the old one banned by the SWA?

      • http://www.facebook.com/raviv.marom Raviv Marom

        I don’t know, how can i find out?

      • http://www.facebook.com/raviv.marom Raviv Marom

        A bit of web searching and i think i have the new one.

        • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

          I did not get to taste the old one (since it was banned and not many left) but the new one is good stuff too. great wood selection.