I stared at the big glass box for a while, deciding whether I should open it. I think I was afraid I would end up liking it so much that I would go and buy another bottle or two to keep. Alas, I pulled it out, and unwrapped the wax seal. And while I was at it, I decided to turn on one of my favorite soundtracks- On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Escape from Piz Gloria. Ahhhh...... yes.......
This is the Compass Box Flaming Heart Tenth Anniversary (Third Edition) 48.9%alc.
First, I read somewhere that the bottle label smells interesting too... so I took a sniff of that. Yes, definitely interesting. It reminds me of some paper smell I used to know from way back in elementary school- some parchment thing. I can't put my finger on it, but it's oddly familiar. I like it!
Color: gold, not too pale, not too dark. Just.... gold
Nose: Smoke.... kind of like Lagavulin smoke (though I know this is supposed to have CI in it) but has a distinctive chlorine (definitely swimming pool) brinyness to it.
Palate: Oily, some vanilla, cereal, toffee
Finish: Peat, tar, gentle spice, sweet cereal lingering.
I REALLY like this. The balance is just awesome. My first Compass Box and I'm impressed.