Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Malt Mission 2007 #87

Compass Box Peat Monster
Malt Scotch Whisky

46% abv



Essentially equal parts Caol Ila and peated Ardmore, The Peat Monster is one of Compass Box's most widely available and best selling expressions.

Except for Asyla, it is the last one of their standard releases that I have not yet tried in this malt mission (others HERE). I got a chance to try it at a tasting event last night with John Glaser and Gregg Glass at the Whisky Exchange in Vinopolis.


Cigarette smoking through a meal of scrambled eggs, scallops, and strawberry cheescake. Pears, a bag of marijuana, cinnamon.
Sea salt, kelp, lemon cheesecake, a cloud of peat, peaches or nectarines, firesmoke.


Amazing balance from start to finish. Peat and iodine to fruit baskets then burning leaves or wood outdoors. Distinct compartments of flavour that harmonise masterfully, if all a bit too consonant, major thirds and fifths. Monstrous? Cookie monster, maybe.

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