Peat Monster

Peat Monster

Spirit: Blended Scotch Whiskey; 92 Proof (46% Alcohol); Retail: $50

The Peat Monster from Compass Box is really a delight. I’ve tried a whole sampler of their lineup and I have to say this is my favorite. They are all good, but this one is really good. Just to warn you, I am a huge fan of Ardbeg, it is my #1 go to Scotch when I want something smokey (Macallan 12 if I want something sweeter). This is in the same price range, about $50 depending on where you buy it.  If you are in the tourist area of a major city, of course you can expect to pay more.

Distiller’s Notes:

Peaty, smoky malt with hints of fruitiness; a balanced whisky with great depth and complexity. A fantastic late-night digestif whisky. Excellent with blue vein cheeses.  Made from a marriage of an Islay South shore malt, a peated malt, a peated malt from the Isle of Mull and a smoky Highland malt.

All American oak bottled at 46%. Not chill ltered. Natural colour.

You will find peatier, smokier whiskies in Scotland. But you will find no whisky quite like this in terms of class and style. Blending peated single malt whiskies from different regions of Scotland creates a style that is unique in the world of Scotch whisky.

You will find a spectrum of seaside and medicinal peatiness, along with kipper-like smokiness, all surrounding a core of fruity malt whisky character. THE PEAT MONSTER is a whisky for those who love intensity, flavour and freshness, balance and drinkability. A whisky for those who appreciate the blending of seemingly dissonant elements to create something sublime.

For those who love big, rich, smoky-peaty whiskies, this is for you. Peat Monster combines smoky and peaty single malts from the island of Islay and the Isle of Mull with rich, medium-peated Highland whisky. The result is a balanced, highly drinkable peaty blended malt Scotch whisky.

Complex and Multi-layered

A whisky for lovers of complex, multi-layered peaty whiskies. What makes it t perfectly into the Compass Box house style is the balance of richness and subtle sweetness that the casks of Highland malt provide to the smoky-peaty Islay and island malts. This is the great bene t of combining single malts from different distilleries; we are not limited to the produce of one distillery. Like a winemaker blending grape varieties, we can create layers of complexity. For recent batches, we have introduced even more complexity by adding some south shore Islay malt and island malt to enhance the peatiness and earthiness. As with all our whiskies, several months of marrying before bottling allow the avours of each of the whiskies to knit together.

The Signature Range from Compass Box Peat Monster is part of the Signature Range from Compass Box. The ve Scotch whiskies in this range cover the entire spectrum of Scotch whisky styles, from the delicate, sweet character of Asyla, to the subtle vanilla, clove and fruity characteristics of Oak Cross, the rich and spice notes of The Spice Tree, the peaty- smoky character of The Peat Monster and the elegant avours of vanilla cream, toffee and coconut in Hedonism. Each is made from the highest quality casks, to create more complexity. The whiskies are combined according to each recipe and returned to casks for marrying up to 24 months before bottling. Steps like these enhance complexity, avour integration and soft mouthfeel. Extra steps, but we think they’re worth it.

John Glaser, Whiskymaker


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