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Compass Box Flaming Heart Tasting notes and reviews

Issue 140 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 140

A journey round Islay, visits to Maker's Mark and Penderyn, and the conclusion to our trip down the Rockies

 

Compass Box Flaming Heart

Brand
Compass Box
Expression
Flaming Heart
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Blended Malt
Abv
48.90%
Region
Various
Website
www.compassboxwhisky.com
Availability
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Chris Goodrum

81
Nose
Pungent, burnt wood, iodine, salt and peat with an underlying depth of malt and fragrant barley. It takes some time to settle down and allow some oak notes to appear.
Palate
The peat is subtler and wistful, which allows the barley, oak and subtle stony notes to come through. The peat becomes sweeter, with Parma Violets and salt on the middle.
Finish
Long, violet with hints of burnt driftwood, tarry-peat, iodine and salt. Coastal aftertaste.
Comment
As a whisky it's very enjoyable; however as a blend I feel the peated component is too dominant.

Joel Harrison

80
Nose
A summer beach barbecue, with pulled pork, drying sand and a slightly odd ale note. The smoke is right at the front, with some nice leather notes underneath.
Palate
Huge smoke. Really big. With water some lighter notes of vanilla and white flowers appear, but always shrouded by smoke. It's nice but a little too much at times.
Finish
A monster of more smoke.
Comment
I like the front footedness of the smoke in this whisky, and water does open it, but it isn't for the fainthearted.
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