“Every great achievement is the victory of a Flaming Heart.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The fifth release of this limited edition blended malt, honouring the 15th anniversary of the Compass Box.
48.9% abv, €100
single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour
Nose: fresh, citrus, blood oranges, fruit, green apples, pears, mango peel, banana peel, a hint of smoke, menthol, eucalyptus, dates
Palate: sweet, creamy, smoke, hot embers, firm, spicy, peppers, herbs, rosemary, sage, fruit, warm pear, warm mango, quite dry after a while
Finish: long, smoke, spicy, sage, sweet, liquorice, a touch of mint, walnuts
Conclusion: very nicely balanced. I expected more smoke, since 65.5% of the contents is Caol Ila, but the Higland malts really add some beautiful layers of (Clynelish-esque) cream and fruit not typically found in the Meaty Islay Peat Monster. Very nice.
Although they cannot
officially tell any longer, the cards we received in the package, still carried the detailed makeup of this edition:
14yo Caol Ila matured in a refill Americam Oak Hogshead – 38.5%
30yo Caol Ila matured in a refill Americam Oak Hogshead – 27.1%
20yo Clynelish matured in a rejuvinated Americam Oak Hogshead – 24.1%
7yo Highland Malt* married in a new French hybrid barrel – 10.3%
So in essence, this makes it a 7yo blended malt, by all rules, regulations and laws.
*a 2 year marriage of Clynelish, Teaninich and Dailuaine